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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Former Alabama Crimson Tide Tight End O.J Howard showed so much promise during his collegiate days and apparently the pro level isn’t going to slow him down either. Howard hauled in 6 receiving touchdowns and 432 yards in his first year of NFL action, that was pretty productive considering there are seven year vets who didn’t bring down 6 touchdowns. If Jameis Winston can get back on track Tampa Bay should have a promising future on the offensive side of the ball because there is playmakers everywhere in West Florida right now. Howard in particular gets the job done with his exceptional speed. Playing inside at tight end he is matched up against linebackers most of the time and those slower defenders don’t stand a chance. That’s because O.J Howard is very light on his feet and can get in or out of breaks quickly. When you also take into consideration that Howard is 6 foot 6 inches and 250 pounds it’s clear that he is a natural miss match because of his big frame. Then there’s the skill set, Howard has great hands and that allows him to bring in those tougher grabs. We’ve seen other tight ends around the league struggle with their consistency but not Howard he’s a sure lock to catch the football if it comes in his direction. Maybe the thing most scary about the young Buccaneer pass catcher is the fact that he will significantly improve in his second year of action. The confidence players get from experience is so huge for their development and Howard should make tremendous strides. We’re talking about a player who can easily be over the 10 touchdown mark in a season or two and expect to see some fireworks next fall. The Buccaneers definitely made a smart move by selecting O.J Howard because he’s already bolstered their offense and he’ll only get better with time.
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