July 18th, 2019

Creating mismatches.

This is just a delicious idea. But Joe isn’t sure if it will become a reality.

Much of the NFL nowadays is about mismatches. Creating mismatches. Finding mismatches. The days of an offensive weapon just playing one position all the time is over. Move him to an area where he can exploit a weakness. A mismatch.

Adam Rank of floats the idea of having tight end O.J. Howard play in the slot at times.

2019 breakout star: O.J. Howard, tight end. Coach Arians has said in the past that his tight ends are primarily used to block, and his receivers will catch the ball. Which is great, until you have a tight end like Howard, and then your attitude is certainly going to change. It’s like how you think fanny packs look ridiculous. And then you use one, and you’re like, “This might be the greatest invention of my generation. Why did I besmirch these things for so long?” And remember, Larry Fitzgerald had his greatest success with Arians when he was kicked into the slot. Howard has a lot of similarities, and if Howard is used in the slot, he could be on the verge of a breakout. So keep an eye on this development as we head into training camp during the summer.

Joe can just imagine Howard going up against a linebacker or perhaps a safety. Talk about an M&Mer, ba-BEE! (Insert Dick Vitale hollering.)

Of course, the Bucs have all sorts of guys who could play slot and create mismatches. Mike Evans, when he played slot in past years, was lethal. Cam Brate could play slot. And of course, Arians is looking at Chris Godwin there.

There are all sorts of possibilities for Mr. Biscuit to cook up. Let’s see if the old-timer still has it in his noggin.

10 Responses to “Breakout”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Slow news day……but still appreciate all the hard work.

    News at this time of year for a NFL fan is usually bad news…..some sort of injury or…..a “hassle”… news now is good news.

  2. Buc4evr Says:

    I think Brate should be playing in the slot, better route runner and better hands.

  3. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Yes Kobe Faker is tired of the JBF regurgitation like everyone here however

    The key to the success (playoffs) of the season is

    16 games of OJ and how BA utilizes his skillset

    BA must have OJ be the focus and major weapon of the offense

    BA must make OJ the Kelce/ Ertz of the gameplan ”

    Kobe Faker

  4. Buccaroo Says:

    There’s no revelation here. BA is known to put TE’s in the slot. BA likes tall receivers or TE’s in the slot. This is why I believe we might see a lot of WR Justin Watson in the slot.

  5. Magadude Says:

    “delicious idea”


  6. 813bucboi Says:

    im expecting everyone to “break-out” with better coaching!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!

  7. SOEbuc Says:

    ugh. Another “breakout year for OJ” article again. WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU TRAINING CAMP?!!!

  8. July Joe Says:

    OJ is the man and Jameis loves throwing to tight ends more than any other position, so if Arians FEATURES OJ as in makes him the #1 option, he could put up numbers never before seen and make even prime Gronk look unathletic! The kid is that big a superstar talent in my view.

  9. Rod Munch Says:

    OJ ran a faster 40 than Mike Evans – he can play anywhere on the field really.

  10. #1bucsfan Says:

    Can he rush the passer haha