O.J. Howard Attacking Durability With New Approach

May 14th, 2019

O.J. Howard’s 2018 season was lost on this play

Health, health, health.

It’s a massive focus for O.J. Howard this year, so the manbeast tight end explained last night.

Howard got a little philosophical during a Q&A session with JoeBucsFan.com intern Zach Seifter.

The first two seasons for Howard ended with him on injured reserve; the last injury was captured in the November photo above.

Howard was asked if he’s doing anything differently entering this season, and the 2017 first-round pick wasn’t talking mechanics. He was all about health.

“I came in with a different mindset as far as like how early I want to start training and when I want to start conditioning real hard and things like that. So I have a better feel for it,” Howard said.

O.J., how are you preparing your body to be able to last all 16 games?

“Just starting the recovery process early,” Howard said. “You know, my first two years was more recovery when needed. But you have to start preparing and doing it before it even gets to injury time. That’s something that I learned and I’m trying to improve on it every day.”

Joe’s glad Howard seems to realize the only one who can stop him is himself. There’s certainly no defense — or defensive back — built to neutralize a 6-6, 245-pound tight end who runs like the wind and can make the tough catch. And if defenses do key on Howard, then the Bucs have a lot of other quality pass catchers who should take advantage.

Does Howard consider himself injury prone? It sounds like he does.

That’s a little troubling, but as long as he’s working to toughen his body, that’s all any fan or coach could want.

31 Responses to “O.J. Howard Attacking Durability With New Approach”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Sometimes stuff just happens. Is there any amount of preparation that can prevent something like the above pic from happening?

  2. 813bucboi Says:


    you took the words right out of my mouth…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  3. tnew Says:

    It is a testament to his preparation that the above pic wasn’t a worse injury than it was. Defenders are so physically outmatched it ends up in some awkward tackles many times.

  4. Chris Simms 2020 GM Says:

    BA should use OJ like the Falcons use Julio Jones!

    Julio has a lot of injuries as well.

  5. Buc1987 Says:

    TE’s make the tough catches over the middle.

    I expect injuries. I suppose OJ does as well.

    Go Bucs!

  6. Succaneers Says:

    Look the Succaneers suck suck suck, just like you people for posting about a sucky losing team

  7. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Kobe Faker is the originator and the only member of the #FreeOJStocker Movement

    This is it , nice and sweet

    our defense sucks

    our running game sucks

    We have a gay kicker

    2 female coaches with barbed wire tattoos and

    a dude cheerleader BUT

    we can win 9-10 games if only

    OJ Howard goes 16 games

    BA has to figure out and use JW3 & OJ to out score other teams to 9-10 wins”

    Kobe Faker

  8. Dewey Selmon Says:

    That picture reminds me of Javorskie Lane.

  9. Lord Cornelius Says:

    @Kobe I think a few of us have been in that movement we just weren’t using the hashtags lol

    Targeting OJ / Godwin/ Winston in fantasy this year.

  10. Kobe Faker Says:


    Klueless did Kobe dirty the game after Buff few years back

    Dirk had OJ on the Oline half the snaps. Kobe went ballistic and roasted him until Dirk finally featured him on the buffalo game and then the following week?

    decoy for the rest of the year

    peeps dont know OJ howard is the biggest mismatch in the whole NFL. that Buff game is normal output from OJ

    feature and open up the offense and we might win 9 games

    Kobe was glad Hump is gone.less is more. OJ should take all of Humps targets

    damn, i might do the same thing with your fantasy idea”

    Kobe Faker

  11. Slugglife Says:


    You forgot one- our fanbase sucks.

    You’re welcome.

  12. bucnole Says:

    Dude needs to be targeted like Kelce in KC.
    Just give the kid more touches

  13. Succaneers Says:

    Kobe, you sure have alot of free time on your hands, I am guessing you are unemployed living with your mother

  14. J Says:

    Um, no. Tendons dont get stronger when injured, they get weaker. Bones for the most part do get stronger after breaks. Not sure where his philosophy is coming from, he’s surrounded by professionals that could tell him this. Dude needs to work on his form/running style. Get those knees up OJ!

  15. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Hump was the Hot reciever last year for JW3 when they blitz

    OJ takes over position

    JW3 and OJ should be the

    chocolate version of Wentz to Ertz (116 catches)

    feature and open up the offense with JW 2 OJ and the rest should be easy

    Kobe still throws up when the Bucsheep consider Klueless a good offensive coordinator.

    when you have OJ howard and mobile JW3, its a travesty why you cant score in the redzone”

    Kobe Faker

  16. Kobe Faker Says:

    “I post alot more in the early part of the month when i get my safelink minutes reloaded on my obama phone

    I bet your 1 of the rich boys who throw pennies at me when I panhandle off of the lakeland 98 exit of I4

    Im drawing my new cardboard signs today

    “NEED BEER $$$ Im a Bucsfan and I post at JBF allday”

    Kobe Faker

  17. Kevbeth5 Says:

    Now that was FUNNY !

  18. Pickgrin Says:

    You can’t “condition” yourself to avoid an injury like the one pictured.

    Stupid to call OJ “injury prone” when he gets hurt in a manner like that….

    Any player who gets their ankle rolled like the picture shows is going to be out for awhile. Its just part of being an NFL player and there’s really nothing that can be done about it.

  19. pick6 Says:

    a full season of howard and the bucs will have a top 5 offense at a minimum. he’s an asset on running or passing downs, and on any down where he and mike evans are blanketed, you should have at least 2 fantastic matchups elsewhere on the field

  20. pick6 Says:

    also, 100% agreement with pickgrin. these dominant tight ends are always more susceptible to losing time with injury because the best ones get tackled low or dragged down from behind in the open field by guys too small to tackle them up high, and while wideouts and finesse TEs get a bit of a reprieve on running downs, the dual threats like gronk and OJ who are also known for blocking are colliding in the trenches rather than getting water on the sideline or running some dummy route

  21. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:


    The 2018 was a freak play as you can see from the photo I wouldn’t label him injury prone yet

  22. SenileSenior Says:


    It’s funny, I got my Safelink phone long before Obama was in office.

    Now I see where you are coming from in general. One remark can tell a lot!
    Now, back to focussing on the Bucs … good and bad.

  23. Lord Cornelius Says:


    lmao good stuff today.

    I wanted OJ Howard when he fell that far. Too great a value and was a top 5-10 prospect in that draft

  24. Siege the Bay Says:

    I dont wanna sound soft. He’s just gotta learn to go down. YAC is great but first downs and durability are even better

  25. unbelievable Says:

    @Jeff, 100%.

    You play through the whistle. Nothing he could have done to prevent what happened last year except not catch the ball, lol.

    That said, it’s great that he’s learning how important active recovery is, even when healthy.

  26. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Kobe Faker says: BA has to figure out and use JW3 & OJ to out score other teams to 9-10 wins”

    Kobe Faker

    So in other words we need to become the 1999-2000 St.Louis Rams.

    minus the Marshal Faulk running game.

  27. Kobe Faker Says:

    “@ Ghost

    exactly, instead of the “Greatest show on Turf” more like

    “Greatest Strip Joint on Dale Mabry”

    BA knows we have to outscore and LEAD/DICTATE the game to protect the Defense

    Kobe has to see if BA knows how to design the screen game to be totally on board

    You Bucsheep will finally see what JW3 does with the 20 yard CROSSING pattern

    I want you sheep to remember Kobe Faker when you see the CROSSING pattern in its true beauty”

    Kobe Faker

  28. D1 Says:


    Active recovery. Absolutely on point.

    It takes the young guys a few seasons before they start , as a routine, adding the pieces together. Ice tubs, hot tubs, messages, extra time in the weight room doing iso to strengthen ligaments, and always last is diet.

    All the specialists , equipment and information about training is lost on young guys because the heal quickly . The 30 something vet , with few exceptions, kinda builds around all things to reduce inflammation and dampening pain.

  29. D1 Says:


    20 yard crossing pattern….lol…yeah that would be something to see….much like teets on a bull…totally useless but I agree..it’s something to see.

  30. D Smythe Says:

    The cover picture above does not look like someone who is injury prone.
    It looks like bad timing. Its not like he pulled a hammy, he was injured by another individual. To everyone, how well do you think you would be walking around if this happened to you?

  31. Bobby M. Says:

    All the guys that last in the league preach the value of taking care of their body…..Its a constant process that requires diligence both during the season and the off season. Hope Howard finds a formula that works and he avoids the injury bug.