O.J. Howard Wants To Play Left Tackle

May 19th, 2020

Bucs left tackle Donovan Smith

O.J. Howard has big dreams.

One includes adding a lot of weight to his 6 feet 6 inch frame and playing left tackle.

Howard said it himself during a chat on Buccaneers.com with his fellow tight ends and team reporter Casey Phillips.

The Bucs have been hosting rather goofy group chats with players on their website and during this session Howard had a clear thought, one that he’s had in mind a long time, that he wants to see what he’s got at left tackle.

“I want to play left tackle,” Howard said. “Listen, this is my thing. I always mess with the left tackle and tell him, ‘Hey, dude, like I want to play left tackle just because I want to put on some weight and try to use this athleticism and see if I can put it to work.’ But the criticism that comes with [the position], oh man, it’s tough. You know, that’d be one position I think for me, left tackle. I just want to take up the challenge. It’d be hard, but if I succeeded, everyone would be respectful of it.”

Don’t get confused. Howard didn’t say he hates tight end and wants a new position, only that he would like to embrace the left tackle challenge.

A cynical fan might wonder why Howard has a tackle fantasy when he’s not a special blocker from the tight end position, but perhaps Howard is just steaming with confidence after blocking well in the 2019 season finale.

22 Responses to “O.J. Howard Wants To Play Left Tackle”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Try RT first, OJ…..

  2. RustyRhinos Says:

    Let us hope the coaches see his desire to “play” Left tackle. And put him to pushing the sled across the field again and again and again, have him run they the pass blocking drills Oline does. It can’t hurt his Pass blocking. Any word on if O.J. has dreamed of being the #1 WR?
    Go Bucs!

  3. Troll Says:

    He’s probably being sarcastic because BA expects him to also block. I personally would like to see him play better at TE before we criticize him at LT.

  4. Hodad Says:

    He already catches the ball like one.

  5. Casual Observer Says:

    How about fullback?

  6. Destinjohnny Says:

    After watching how good smith is and what he makes….
    I get it

  7. Tom Edrington Says:

    OJ would probably drop the pass on a tackle-eligible play

  8. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    It seems like a LT who doesn’t necessarily perform up to his talent level but still plays OK can cash in on a long term payday (D. Smith?) A TE who does the same can end up bounced around on short term deals (Eric Ebron anyone?). I can’t say as I blame OJ seeing as how his career trajectory has been heading so far.

  9. Swampbuc Says:

    It’s good to see him having some fun and commenting. Maybe all the stuff about him being disgruntled was just stuff. If he could breakout, man……………..

  10. Robert Says:

    how about he learns how to be a good TE 1st.

  11. Geno711 Says:

    OK OJ not a special blocking Tight End according to Joe or a hypothetical cynical fan. However was clearly the best blocking tight end the bucs had last year.

  12. ocala Says:

    He’s a below average NFL TE so I can see why he is interested in changing positions.

  13. TOM Says:

    Couldn’t be any worse than what they have now.

  14. Craig Says:

    Auclair would make a better fullback.

    O.J. needs to study the LT. See if he can find the footwork to make him efficient when standing behind the LT.

    That was the biggest bitch of last season, you couldn’t trust O.J. to pick up a rusher. He seemed soft and got squished too often.

    Maybe he will try harder this season, he knows he will be in limbo if the Bucs tell him to take a walk. He couldn’t even be traded, much less bought on the open market.

  15. Bojim Says:

    Lol Hodad

  16. permanent_moderation_doghouse Says:

    OJ Howard made a joke about playing left tackle. Hmmmmm. Slow news day.

  17. Bucsfanman Says:

    “He already catches the ball like one.”


  18. Iamabuc Says:

    He’s probably throwing shade at our LT… he’s been probably carrying our LT load in just about every play for so long … I think it was sarcasm,like might as well let me get pay for it…🤣

  19. Kevin Says:

    OJ was known primarily for his blocking. That’s what he’s better at, and there’s obviously a need for that on this team.

  20. Tom Matthews Says:

    First yr stats looked good because he caught two easy long passes when it looked like he was used as a decoy. Reminds me of Joe Barry Carroll, aka Joe Barely Cares.

  21. ItzOK Says:

    in 2 years he can try being the GM too

  22. Mark Comerford Says:

    Reading the other comments, ol’ OJ can’t block well, can’t catch well, and has a “soft” attitude.
    Why was this guy drafted?
    If assessment of his blocking skills is poor, and he plays left tackle, the Tom better start doing more yoga, because he is going to be bent into a pretzel.
    Run Tommy run! ! !