Bruce Arians Reviews His Tight Ends

October 6th, 2021

O.J. Howard

No Rob Gronkowski means a lot more work for Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard.

How did they perform on Sunday?

Nobody is better equipped to answer that than Bucco Bruce Arians himself.

He popped a review on his Buccaneers Radio Network show last night.

“Both of them played pretty solid. I’m not used to seeing [Cameron Brate] drop a ball; that was big,” Arians said.

“O.J. [Howard] I thought played really good, in the running game especially. And he was open a couple of times. We just didn’t throw to him.

“You don’t run the ball unless your tight ends can block, and our tight ends do a heck of a job of blocking. And that was [O.J.’s] role in this game. We had a couple [of pass plays] for him; they didn’t materialize. Those running backs were running for really good yards because of the way they were blocking the tight end position.”

Joe’s really encouraged to hear the love for Howard, though Joe always takes that stuff with a grain of salt.

Two games ago Arians was glowing about the play of cornerback Dee Delaney and then the guy couldn’t get one defensive snap in Sunday’s game. Odd.

Regardless, Howard’s 51 snaps Sunday were a huge step in his recovery from Achilles surgery a week ago.

The Bucs may just get Howard back at 100 percent strength by Halloween.

14 Responses to “Bruce Arians Reviews His Tight Ends”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    The Bucs were dropping passes because they were playing in a freaking monsoon. That’s how bad it was raining in NE.

    Now enough of that lets go get Gilmore.

  2. Medicated Pete Says:

    Get rid of OJ’s $6 million dollar salary by trading him & sign Stephon Gilmore TODAY

  3. Ash Says:

    Who is going to trade for him he is still recovering from injury and hasn’t shown much of anything this year

  4. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    My Son had both OJ Howard and Chris Godwin on his fantasy team for the last game, and lost his butt

  5. zzbuc Says:

    Pete….how can you get rid of OJ, when you don´t know when Gronk will be back?

  6. Flyin Dutchman Says:

    pete needs more meds

  7. Ed Says:

    If Bucs cut OJ Howard right before Gronk returns, are they still on the hook for his remaining games salary? I would let him go the moment Gronk returns. You can get blocking tight ends off practice squads, if he isn’t getting open or not involved in the passing game he’s an overpaid blocking tight end.

    Just didn’t know if his contract still has to be honored if he is cut.

  8. allbuccedup Says:

    Ash the only one I can think of is the Jags, call Urban Meyer late at nighr at his favorite club and he will make the trade.

  9. PhillyBuc Says:

    I’ll take BA at his word, but the few plays I keyed in on OJ’s blocking looked like he wanted little part in it. When he gets to 100% hopefully that will improve.

  10. BuxfaninTX Says:

    Unless they trade him for Gilmore…..

  11. dmatt Says:

    A 60% Gronk is better than a 100% Howard n a 33 yr old Sherman is better than a 23 yr old 100% Dean. Scared straight Dean n Howard vs Never scared Gronk n Sherman. No comparison!

  12. Remixschamp Says:

    Stephen gilmore has been release from patriots, offer mile evans an oj ghoward to the dolphins for Xvaier howard an one fins 3rd pick

  13. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Gilmore is getting cut. The Bucs (or whichever team signs him) owes no compensation to New England.

  14. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    For a 6th round pick !!!! UNFINGBELIEVABLE