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It doesn't sound like The Athletic's Joe Buscaglia expects O.J. Howard to push Dawson Knox for the Bills' starting TE job. "Howard has not looked like the dynamic pass catcher he was when he was a first-round pick out of Alabama in 2017," Buscaglia writes. "He also looks like he can be an excellent blocker for 12 personnel while still offering a pass-catching threat. But his movement skills are well below what Knox brings to the table." We'll keep an eye on this situation in August, but we bumped Knox up the TE Rankings and Howard down.

The Bills signed TE O.J. Howard to a 1-year deal. It has a $3.5 million base value that can climb to $5 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The relative cheapness of the contract points to where Howard's career is at. The 19th overall pick of the 2017 draft dealt with ankle, foot and hamstring injuries over his first 3 seasons but averaged 15.5 yards per catch and scored 12 TDs. A torn Achilles ended his 2020 season in Week 4, though, and Howard caught just 14 balls behind Rob Gronkowski this past year. Still, he's just 27 with a strong pedigree. And he lands in a top-notch Bills offense. TE Dawson Knox is the incumbent in Buffalo, coming off a career-best 49-587-9 line in his 3rd season. But we imagine that this will be an open competition for the starting job this summer.

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski (back) is out for Sunday's game vs. Washington. HC Bruce Arians said earlier this week that Gronk is 2-3 weeks away from being back to 100%. TEs Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard have basically been splitting work with Gronkowski out, leaving them both as just TE2s.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski is "considered a game-time decision" for today's game against the Saints. "One source described optimism" for Gronk's chances of playing, Rapoport adds.

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Bucs TE O.J. Howard (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Bears. He got in a full practice on Friday, so we’re not worried about the ankle. Howard figures to split pass-catching duties with TE Cameron Brate as TE Rob Gronkowski misses another game.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Bears. He put in a full practice on Friday, though, so Howard should be ready to go on Sunday. He'll share pass-catching duties with TE Cameron Brate with TE Rob Gronkowski out.

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski (ribs) is out for Sunday's game vs. the Bears. HC Bruce Arians has been saying that Gronk is close to returning for 2 weeks now, but don't be surprised if he also misses Week 8. The Bucs have a Week 9 bye. With Gronkowski out the past 3 weeks, TEs O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate have both totaled 11 targets. Howard out-targeted Brate 7 to 4 last week, though, and is the superior Week 7 fantasy play.

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski (ribs) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice. He seems unlikely to return for this weekend's game vs. the Bears. TE O.J. Howard (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Thursday and figures to split pass-catching duties with TE Cameron Brate again on Sunday.

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski (ribs) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. That's not a good start for his chances of returning for this weekend's game vs. the Bears. TE O.J. Howard was also sidelined on Wednesday with an ankle injury. We'll get another update on both guys tomorrow.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski has 2 cracked ribs and is in danger of missing at least 1 more game beyond Week 4. Initial X-rays reportedly failed to reveal the issue, but doctors found 2 hairline fractures on re-examination. Cameron Brate ranked 2nd among Tampa TEs in playing time and drew 4 targets against the Rams in Week 3 and looks like the better fantasy bet over O.J. Howard while Gronk is out

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski (ribs) didn't travel with the team to New England and is out for Sunday night's game vs. the Patriots. We'll see if he can make it back for Week 5. TE Cameron Brate has run more routes than TE O.J. Howard (54 to 14) and seen more targets (6 to 2) through 3 weeks, so he's the preferred fantasy play if you need a Bucs TE.

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski (ribs) is listed as doubtful for Sunday night's game vs. the Patriots. He didn't practice all week. It's a surprise after reports that Gronk was on track to play in this one. He obviously should be on fantasy benches now. We'll let you know if his status changes. TEs Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard figure to split pass-catching duties with Gronkowski out, leaving both guys as unreliable fantasy plays.

Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard returned to the practice field at the end of July, but that doesn't mean he's all the way back physically, coming off the Achilles' tendon tear that ended his 2020 season. “He’s not there yet," HC Bruce Arians said in his Monday press conference. "He had a chance to make a couple grimy chances in the end zone today [and] didn’t come up with them. I expect him to make those. He’s still catching up to the speed of it and the physicality of it. He’s been out a long time, so he needs this camp.” Howard remains a later-round flier in all formats, so it's easy to take on the risk that he doesn't rebound all the way. The upside, of course, is that he does get back close to 100% of his previous level and takes the receiving lead among Tampa Bay TEs. We'll see how he progresses through the rest of camp and preseason.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard practiced Friday for the first time since suffering a torn Achilles in October. Barring a setback, he appears on track for Week 1. The former 1st-rounder is in play as a late-round TE3 in FFPC best balls.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard remains on track in his recovery from October's torn Achilles. “Yeah, he’s really close now,” HC Bruce Arians said. “He looks fantastic working out every day.” Howard is tentatively expected to be able to get some work in during June minicamp and sure seems to be trending toward being ready for Week 1. Anything QB Tom Brady and the Bucs get from him this year will be a bonus. Note that Howard out-targeted Rob Gronkowski 19 to 14 over the first 4 games of last season.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard has been setback-free so far in his recovery from October's torn Achilles, HC Bruce Arians said Tuesday. Arians added that Howard is "real close" to getting back to pre-injury form, although that seems optimistic for an injury that often takes a year-plus to return from. It does sound like he has a good chance to be ready for the start of the 2021 campaign. It's worth remembering that Howard out-targeted TE Rob Gronkowski 19 to 14 over the first 4 games of last season.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard will miss the rest of the season with his Achilles injury, according to NFL Network's James Palmer. Howard had been playing a significant role, tallying 19 targets through 4 games. His absence should mean more action for TEs Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate, plus Tampa's WRs.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard suffered an Achilles injury in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Chargers. He was carted to the locker room and quickly ruled out. That doesn't bode well. We'll update Howard's status when we know more.

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