TE’s Big Piece Of Offense

July 30th, 2019

Big target.

There was some speculation when Bucco Bruce Arians was hired that he wasn’t much of a tight ends guy. Joe found that line of thinking borderline preposterous.

When Arians ran the Steelers offense, he threw quite often to Heath Miller who was a very under-rated tight end. Otherwise, Arians’ offenses in Indianapolis and in Arizona never had a tight end like Miller, much less O.J. Howard and Cam Brate.

Now with the keys to an offense that is loaded at tight end, maybe more than any team in the NFL, Arians has incorporated throwing to the tight end a lot in the early going. And that comes from perhaps the most gifted tight end in the game, O.J. Howard.

When he spoke to the local pen and mic club yesterday, Howard explained.

“We’ve been used a lot,” Howard said of he and Brate in training camp. “I would say during OTA’s, we knew that coming into it. This position can be very helpful in this offense. [Bruce Arians] just finds ways to get us the ball. The first couple days of practice, I’m sure you guys have noticed it, we got a chance to make a lot of plays and I like it a lot.”

Arians didn’t just fall off the turnip truck. He has one of the more gifted NFL offensive minds of the past decade, perhaps longer. Joe just couldn’t imagine a guy as sharp as Arians not using dangerous weapons only because he didn’t in the past.

Joe can only think of one igit who is handed a Hall of Fame-type player, and throws him off the roster because he doesn’t fit a particular scheme.

8 Responses to “TE’s Big Piece Of Offense”

  1. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    TE will be used a lot because they’ll be asked to supplement our subpar Offensive line.

  2. Says:

    Partying with our HOF “backup” QB (the Beard) this offseason for no good reason will go down as the largest personnel tragedy in Bucs history.

  3. Raceto10 Says:

    What about the digit who drafted him and barely used him in his offense until he needed to be bailed out. At least when Revis was here he wasn’t paying like a hall of fame player but it was a dumb one year contract and even more dumb not to take advantage of his skills. Lol be honest and admit even if we had switched to man teams would have simpler advised us everywhere else on the field and we woulda lost the same number of games

  4. Jean Lafitte Says:

    One of the reasons why we might see a TE in the slot. This gets both OJ, and Brate on the field together.

  5. NOSBOS Says:

    O.J. bout to blow up like the Worl mmmh,never mind. But he about to become a star under the tutelage of BA.

  6. Brandon Says:

    Except Revis was never worth the draft pick bounty nor the salary that was given to him. Trading for a late 20’s CB coming off a serious ACL tear, giving up a 1st and 3rd plus paying him $1 mil a freaking game was ludicrous. Worst trade in recent NFL history.

  7. Chip Chipperson Says:

    “Igit”….that brings me back to the 1970’s. Good times.

  8. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Arians has always used what he had, and he has never had a tight end even close to OJ Howard’s talent and size level.
    Just because Koetter did not use OJ Howard does not mean Arians will make the same mistake.
    For the first time in many years, we have a REAL Coach in Tampa Bay.