O.J. Howard’s Impact

August 21st, 2017

Making mark in run game.

If you listen to Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht, the key reason why the Bucs were so ga-ga over tight end O.J. Howard wasn’t so much because he can catch the ball — and he can — was his blocking skills set him apart.

Licht often says tight ends coming out of college are little more than big receivers who can’t block, and finding a tight end with great pass-catching skills who is equally good at blocking is rare. Hence, why the Bucs coveted Howard.

In training camp, Howard is wowing fans with his pass-catching abilities. He hasn’t shows that skill that much in two preseason games but, alas, that talent Licht raves about from Howard was on display in Jacksonville last week and former NFL offensive lineman Brian Baldinger caught it.

Baldinger, now an analyst for NFL Network, demonstrated why Howard is such a good blocker, video style!

That block that Howard had in that play? It allowed Doug Martin to get an extra three yards. In real games, three yards could mean the difference between moving the chains and punting. That’s critical.

So Howard may not yet be showing up in the passing game — he will, trust Joe — but he certainly is making his mark already.

23 Responses to “O.J. Howard’s Impact”

  1. shouldhavedraftedeifert Says:

    Cue evil laughter and rubbing of hands…

  2. Casey Morgan Says:

    The key with Howard is being able to consistently have 2 tight ends on the filed opening up numerous play possibilities…

  3. Piratic Says:

    THE first-round steal of 2017!!!

  4. Tnew Says:

    2 catches 28 yards both for first downs in a half of play. Will take that because of what he opens for everyone else.

  5. tmaxcon Says:

    howard will be a beast but let’s not forget it looks like Brate improved his blocking during offseason. could be scary if both are rolling

  6. Oj "I Got The Juice" Howard Says:

    That’s my boy

  7. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    So that was fowler being walked like a dog on a leash. OJ. Howard the new age John Mackey. Dirty work,I love it. Young man has wheels also, on that delayed route near they’re end zone his burst after making the catch was quite evident.

  8. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    What I also appreciate about that play in particular was Fameis motioning O.J to come towards him making the pass attempt shorter and easier. IQ I tell you, one-day some of you will come realize my QB has a high one. Regardless of playful antics and southern drawl.

  9. The Buc Realist Says:

    Why should we trust Joe on this????? Because The Buc Realist told you this almost a year ago!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG….Its the “Realist Repost”!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The Buc Realist Says:
    September 26th, 2016 at 5:44 pm
    If we had a true #2 WR and a true threat at TE that could also block!!! the offense will really be humming!!!!! AH11 would be a real threat as the #4 option!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. tmaxcon Says:


    Love you man but you also thought glennon was the real deal

  11. Maze Says:

    That kid is going to open up some massive holes for Martin. I give it about a 90% chance haha.

  12. The Buc Realist Says:


    Maybe not the “real deal” but a “Brad Johnson-esque” type career which took years to get of the ground. Not great, but with some parts can play in the league. But he is not making the most of his chance to play to say in the least!!!!

    And let me say that when Tmaxcon and I differ, I go back and check my work!!!!! I can give no higher compliment than that!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Wausa Says:

    With the obvious improvement Jameis appears to be showing and the significant skill talent the Bucs have brought in for this years team it is hard to not picture this team on a much higher level than just playoff contender.

  14. SOEbuc Says:

    Smashed the second dude by plowing the first guy into him. This guy is going to help create some major holes.

  15. Pickgrin Says:

    High Impact

    OJ is a cornerstone of our offense along with Evans and Winston.

  16. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    My sentiment exactly Wausa. Excuse the vernacular but we fena be a problem.

  17. Ptwalk Says:

    NOSBOS, I love your confidence in our team bruh bcus I feel the same way. What!!!!

  18. Brandon Says:

    Wow, reading that post from Realist was like watching Spongebob and Patrick having a conversation. 160 IQ…between the two of them.

  19. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Anyone who bothered to watch O.J’s tape on draftbreakdown.com predraft saw him doing stuff like this regularly.

    Stuff like what O.J. is doing on this clip is precisely what makes him so special. He was hands down the best blocking tight end in the 2017 draft class (which is really saying something due to how ridiculously talented so many prospects were this year…) while at the same time is a freak of nature athletically, and a more than competent pass catcher.

    He is a stud, and will only continue to become more and more dominant as he inches ever closer to his physical prime.

    Apart from the major blunder of trading up for OhNoNo Aguayo, Jason Licht is doing/ has done a phenomenal job of rebuilding this roster, and has added numerous game-breaking level talents.

    Forget about the eclipse, but bust out them shades, because we are gonna shine this year. And for many years to come.

  20. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Kid was wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy underutilzed in Alabama. I hope we start throwing this kid seam routes, etc…and let him utilize his speed and size.

  21. feelthepewterpower Says:

    My only thought is…maybe they don’t want to show too much of him in preseason passing-game wise…let teams sleep on him early in the season.

  22. Destinjohnny Says:

    Was almost good that nick had him learn blocking fundamentals.
    I never understood why kiffin didn’t use him

  23. K_bassuka Says:

    How can he show his catching ability when he has to play with non-QB Fitzpatrick.