“A Lot Better Than It Was”

June 17th, 2018

Jameis Winston recently explained that he’s a relationship quarterback, therefore chemistry with receivers takes a lot of time to develop.

And that take makes O.J. Howard’s recent take very interesting. 

Howard hopped on WDAE-AM 620 last week and was asked about to describe the offseason work he put in with Jameis this winter, away from One Buc Palace.

Howard explained they worked in the Tampa Bay area and at Florida State, and that it’s just about building chemistry.

He described their current chemistry as “a lot better than it was,” and he talked about knowing where the ball is coming. That caught Joe’s attention.

So Howard already feels a significant improvement in chemistry. Is it more Jameis than Howard? Or vice versa? Certainly a guy entering his second NFL season building chemistry with his quarterback is different from a veteran like DeSean Jackson clicking with Jameis.

Anyway, it’s encouraging stuff from Howard. If he makes a big leap this year, as many second-year players do, the Bucs might have the strongest set of tight ends in the NFL by a good margin.

During his summer break, Howard said he’ll be in Alabama, where he’ll “run, train, perfect my craft on the field.”

15 Responses to ““A Lot Better Than It Was””

  1. YoungBucs Says:

    I don’t know how else to say it but I’m sensing an awesome year for OJ and Godwin it’s weird I seriously think they along with Adam Humphries will tear up short to medium yards and Brate Evans Jackson will be bigger downfield scoring threats this year I certainly want to see 30-40 burgers on opposing teams this year

  2. Dwight Says:

    OJ is the greater downfield threat than Brate. YoungBucs. I agree something seems right about this year.

  3. YoungBucs Says:

    Yeah OJ is definitely more suited for a downfield approach I just hope Todd and Dirk use him right “instead of making him Stocker 2.0”

  4. pete Says:

    400 passes this season
    80 Evans
    60 Brate
    50 Godwin
    50 Howard
    40 Humphries
    40 Jackson
    30 Wilson / Martino / Watson
    30 Rojo / Sims
    20 Cross / Auclair

  5. Alexander Nascimento Says:

    Go Bucs!!
    No excuses this season!
    I’m predicting a 3-0 start and a 12-4 season this year!!!
    We are the only obstacle!!!
    Believe yourselves!!!

  6. JimBuc2 Says:

    @alexander n.
    Got the whole season mapped out huh? I’d be pleased if we at 3-2 at the break, and that would have all of us stoked. We have leased Buccaneer Cove for the longest. Wild card, maybe. Division crown? That seems a reach to me, but yeah, dream big dude.

  7. Sweeptheleg Says:


  8. Alexander Nascimento Says:

    No, I don’t.
    It’s just optimism in its pure form, nothing else.
    I’m just tired of poor results and I thing so are the Bucs players and coaches.
    Starting 3-0 would bring so much confidence and peace that a 12-4 season would not be a reach.
    But it’s just me, I always get excited this time of year and always foresee a winning season.
    I’m just sick about hearing that teams A B and C are far more talented than us.
    Enough already!
    Let’s start to get some W’s in Tampa.
    Go Bucs!!!!!

  9. stpetebucsfan Says:

    #3 will have FIVE legitimate targets who are all capable of a pro bowl year. Depends on what the D gives Koetter’s offense.

    With that many targets and now hopefully a running game it really does become a pick your poison for defensive coordinators. If #3 becomes a wizard like Brady at reading the defenses he’ll be able to exploit the open players…and there WILL be open players!!!

  10. Pryda... sec147 Says:

    Jameis could be mvp with this offense if it’s clicking on all cylinders! He probably could break some records like Td passes in a game and let me just remind everyone he threw 5TDS the same year that cam did it his mvp season but jaboo was a rook.

  11. Roy T. Buford Says:

    I wonder if he is building chemistry with Fitz as well. Those first few games will be critical.

  12. Trench War Says:

    I can’t wait!

  13. Anonymous Says:

    roll tide!

  14. Duke Says:


    Excellent points. If I may add one more. Actually a B to your perspective on #3.
    Receivers being open and the ball being distributed to them in a more timely manner.

    Last year there was no shortage of open receivers. Lets hope this year there is an improvement in getting the ball out faster. JW is terrific when He’s pressured, but there’s a downside to it that can be mitigated by a faster read, recognition and release time.

  15. DougJ Says:

    Well known we have the receivers, but can Jameis play to his potential and get the ball to them?