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Basic StatsO.J. Howard's Basic Stats

O.J. Howard
ADP: 38.5
Bye: 7
Experience: 5 Yr(s)
Age: 27.6
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 251
40 Time: 4.51
Speed Score: 123.90
SPARQx (Rank): 123.10 (90%)
Burst Score (Rank): 113.00 (31%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.01 (96%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.23 (88%)

O.J. Howard's 2022 Projections & Outlook

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#35 Tight End

47.5 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
38.5 22.8 295.1 3 0.4 0

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Basic StatsO.J. Howard's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need To Know:

  • Howard’s career has been on a steady decline since a 26-432-6 rookie year.
  • In 2020, Howard missed most of the season with a torn Achilles’.
  • He appeared in all 17 games in 2021 but wasn’t a difference-maker. He posted only 1 fantasy-worthy line (6-49-1) and it came with Rob Gronkowski inactive.
  • Howard was out-snapped by Cameron Brate in 2021, 39.6% to 30.8%. Brate out-targeted him by 36.
  • Buffalo signed Howard to a reasonable 1-year, $3.5 million deal in mid-March.
  • The former 1st-round pick makes for a worthwhile real-life gamble for the Bills. But he’ll enter a camp battle with Dawson Knox as the clear underdog.
  • In 2021, Buffalo ran 2-TE sets only 6% of the time — a league-low.
  • Howard’s a pure talent upgrade to the unit, and it’s worth noting that new OC Ken Dorsey took over for Brian Daboll.
  • Buffalo projects for top-5 pass volume once again. But their pass catching corps remains deep, headlined by Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line

Howard’s fresh start begins this year with the Bills. Playing on a 1-year deal, he’ll be plenty motivated to get back to his early-career form.

But barring massive TD production — or a Dawson Knox injury — Howard isn’t likely to see enough targets to escape TE2 range. He does bring some appeal late in 28-round FFPC (TE premium) drafts.

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O.J. Howard, TE BUF

12:57pm EDT 6/17/22

Howard the clear backup?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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O.J. Howard, TE BUF
Dynasty MVP 40.0
Position Rank #38 TE
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