“You Can’t Really Stop O.J.”

April 10th, 2019

Big expectations for 2019.

These are some big words to live up to.

Yesterday was a good day for America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston. He was at One Buc Palace working out with his teammates. One Buc Palace is Jameis’ happy place.

But yesterday, Joe isn’t sure what motivated Jameis, whether it was just unbridled joy or a way to motivate one of the NFL’s most talented young players to reach for the heavens this season.

Jameis started throwing out lofty goals for Bucs tight end O.J. Howard. The way Jameis talked him up, it sounded like Jameis had already ordered Howard’s bust to be created for his Canton induction.

“The sky’s the limit, really,” Jameis said of Howard. “Not even the sky – probably the moon. Why limit him there? This guy is incredible, but I think he and Cam [Brate] really complement each other well. I think O.J. can learn a lot of things from Cam, but I believe having both of those guys is going to make our offense go to the top.

“You can’t really stop O.J. doing anything. He’s going to blow you off the ball with blocking and he’s going to run past you and stiff-arm you. I know he’s going to have a great season and, Lord-willing, he’s going to stay healthy and make it to the Pro Bowl like he was before he got injured.”

This will be an interesting year for Howard. First, as Jameis hinted, it would be nice for Howard to stay healthy for the full season. He was on his way to an incredible year when he got hurt (again) late in the season and was placed on injured reserve. That was the second of his two NFL seasons that ended that way.

For a guy to be considered a star, he must answer the bell when the games count the most, you know, in December and beyond.

It will also be interesting to see how Bucco Bruce Arians uses Howard, who is clearly the most talented tight end Arians has ever had to work with on the NFL level.

23 Responses to ““You Can’t Really Stop O.J.””

  1. onetrickpony Says:

    last but not least, he will walk on water in the end. show us don’t kool aid us this early. geesh

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    Aahh yes, the dilemma … how to keep your top offensive weapons from getting hurt. OJ only played in 10 games in 2018 and 14 games in 2017 before ending up on IR both seasons (the Pats’ Rob Gronkowski’s career took a similar path … starting in his 3rd year IMO).

    Yes OJ is a great blocker, BUT … it obviously takes a toll. His snap counts were usually much higher than Cam Brate’s in the same games it looks like & it cost him (through 10 games OJ had 436 snaps & Cam had a much lower 259 snaps). Some good news is that Anthony Auclair’s snaps increased quite a bit after OJ went on IR, so hopefully he can help distribute the blocking ‘workload’ more this year.

  3. Bob in Valrico Says:

    The Chicago coach deployed a smart strategy against us of flooding the zone with more receivers than there were DB”s. Not only is OJ a mismatch, but could present a lot of problems for defenses when coupled with other receivers deep.
    Would love to see him stay on the field all year.

  4. Waco Says:

    Also, for some reason, Howard and Brate were rarely on the field at the same time. It was either one or the other. I would really like to see them used together.

  5. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Only OJ can stop OJ!

  6. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Agree defense good blocking is one of the primary jobs of the tightend. Cam isn’t really known for his blocking. If he comes back from his injury,they should
    work extensively with him in the preseason to improve this important aspect of his game.. It will be necessary if we ever have a back that can make big plays from the screen game.

  7. TDTB Says:

    Maybe they’ll run two tight end sets and then split one to the slot vacated by Humphries. Howard is a tough person to tackle if he has a head of steam.

  8. Bird Says:

    Howard is so fast he is basically an oversized receiver. A very large receiver.

    And you got mike Evans a physical freak of nature at receiver who needs to be doubled.

    They have some behemoths. Godwin in the mix. Perriman . Watson .
    And they will probably draft another slot or speed guy.

    I agree, the weapons they have on offense are the best we’ve ever had. Maybe best in nfl. Still don’t understand how we struggled to get 7 on a weekly basis. Could go up and down the field between the 20’s. Call it coaching that’s fair. But with these freaks at receiver , these guys don’t need coaches calling plays. Sandlot/backyard football.

    Jameis should feel blessed to have these weapons around him.

  9. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Patience is a virtue in the endzone .If we sustain our blocks one of our receivers
    should get open in the scramble drill.

  10. Jean Lafitte Says:

    If the big fella can stay healthy for a season he will be a force to reckon with. So far we’ve only seen glimpses of potential greatness. Hard to make it into Canton from injured reserve. That would be a tough sell even for The Sage of TB.

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    Bob … ^^^^^ agreed. OR we could just bring Mike Alstott out of retirement, hand him the ball, and point him straight ahead while our OLine grabs a water break.

  12. macabee Says:

    Talk about big receivers, what if Justin Watson 6-3 225 steps up his game this year? And what if they draft in 6th round RB turned WR Jalen Hurd/Baylor 6-5 226 who is coming in for a private visit? With Evans and OJ, now that would be firepower. Go Bucs!

  13. macabee Says:

    And the Bucs keep looking under rocks too! AAF tight end Nick Truesdell 6-6 252 visits the Bucs today Wednesday. Had 24 catches, 269 yards, 3 TDs for Salt Lake City in eight games.

  14. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    People are completely forgetting one of the main reasons why our offense sucked last year, and that is…….


    ………also equals bad run game.

    So opposing defenses just tee’d off on the QB and sat in a cover zone D.

  15. TampabaybucfanA Says:

    OJ Howard……WR?…..Interesting……why not. Use the 2 TE sets more often & let’s see.
    I can tell you this…..if I were a defender he would be the last person I would want to defend.

  16. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    WOW so the ultimate plan of Jason Licht since day 1 is coming together it only took 5 years but now there are big WRs and weapons to throw jump balls to…forget the OL and RB and Defense the bucs now have these big weapons to throw jump balls to, jason licht again showing everyone he is the smartest in the room

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Posts continually moderated and then not showing up……what’s up?

  18. Isaac haggins Says:

    No running game and an inaccurate down field (no deep threat ) will stop most offenses . This elevates an opposing defense from bad to good and from good to great .

    Cut all the crap , protect better, play top 12 defense, run the ball and complete a few more deep balls AND SHA ZAM !!!! WINS will FOLLOW !!!

    Those have all been weaknesses under Licht for 6 years now !!! Everyone has weaknesses and tendencies it’s up to Bruce to step in for the lack of team president and poor ownership ( handling/ helping GM) and fill the role / identify and correct Lichts tendencies and weaknesses!!!!! Jason says Bruce save Me !!!

    Do the Bucs have as much talent as any team in the league , Hell No !! Do they have as much or more than New England , yes they do but New England’s lesser talent still does the above mentioned well !!! One other difference is they attack your def weakness on any given play and their D takes awAy the offenses strength . Most other teams pre script and force their pre scouting narrative, it’s not all talent it’s not being stubborn and actually doing things well . ( Not Relying on Talent ), doing things well and letting talent shine ) This is not the BUCS !!! Howard doesn’t mean SHAT if the team doest get smarter and Eun Better from the Top Down !!! Bruce Save these Clowns , Please !!!!

  19. 813bucboi Says:

    BA and byron will do wonders with this personnel group….


  20. tmaxcon Says:

    Oj will be irrelevant if he cant stay on the field

  21. El Buco Realisto Says:

    So far, there are two things that can Stop OJ80!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    #1 is injuries,
    #2 is JW3

    2019 will reveal answers to the sheep, that the real fans already know!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!

  22. #1bucsfan Says:

    Gotta stay healthy 1st before we start talking about anything. Look at the TE for the bengals Tyler something dude has talent but has never played a full season can’t win games sitting on the sideline or in the press box Oj

  23. Pugs&Bucs Says:

    Dalvin Cook was the pick. Just like Stephen Jackson was the pick over Michael Clayton.