How Does OJ Howard Stack Up Against the Rest of the NFC South?
The NFC South has arguably the greatest QB group in the whole league as a division. Tight Ends play a big role in all of the Offenses including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have a 1,2 punch at TE in OJ Howard and Cameron Brate.
OJ Howard played 10 games in the 2018 season before having his season cut short due to an injury. Here’s how Howard matched up against his fellow NFC South TEs according to Carmen Vitali:
Austin Hooper: 16 games/7 starts, 71/88 receptions, 660 yards, 4 TDs, 41.3 YPG
Benjamin Watson: 16 games/4 starts, 35/46 receptions, 400 yards, 2 TDs, 25.0 YPG
Greg Olsen: 9 games/9 starts, 27/38 receptions, 291 yards, 4 TDs, 32.3 YPG
O.J. Howard: 10 games/8 starts, 34/48 receptions, 565 yards, 5 TDs, 56.5 YPG
As you can see, OJ Howard lead the TEs in TDs on the season and YPG by a big margin. Austin Hooper and Benjamin Watson played all 16 games and came nowhere close to OJ in the YPG category. The only area that OJ doesn’t lead among the group of TEs is total yards.
Austin Hooper made the Pro Bowl in the NFC and as you can see by the numbers, OJ Howard would have easily made it if he was healthy the full 16 games. OJ Howard is a genetic freak and a blessing to the Buccaneers. The organization and fans should be ecstatic that a player like OJ fell to Tampa at pick 19 in the 2017 NFL Draft. OJ Howard is going to do big things in Tampa this season and continue the momentum he built before going down with injury last season.