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10:27pm EDT 4/27/17

The Bucs selected Alabama TE O.J. Howard with the 19th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Howard’s college numbers don’t jump off the page — HC Nick Saban even admitted that he was under-utilized in the passing game — but he finished 3rd on a stacked Alabama offense in receiving yards both of the past 2 seasons. Flip on the tape and you see a big, strong, athletic dude. Howard checked into the Combine at 6’6 and 251 pounds, ran a 4.51-second 40-yard dash and earned a SPARQ score in the 84th percentile among TEs. He’s also 1 of the best blocking TEs we’ve seen come out in recent memory. Howard is already a better all-around TE than Cameron Brate and should quickly pass him on the depth chart. He won’t be any higher than 3rd in line for targets, though, behind Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. Don’t bank on Howard being more than a fantasy spot starter in 2017. But tied to QB Jameis Winston, this is a nice long-term landing spot.

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Bucs TE O.J. Howard (ankle) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. Ditto for TE Cameron Brate (ribs), who should be back to his usual role after being limited to 11 snaps last week. Howard is the ultimate risk/reward Week 10 fantasy play against the Cardinals’ 32nd-ranked TE defense.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (hamstring) put in a full practice on Wednesday. It's confirmation that he'll return for this weekend's game against the Cardinals. Howard, averaging just 3 targets per game this season, is tough to feel great about. But he remains a big talent and draws 1 of the league's worst TE defenses on Sunday.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians said Monday that TE O.J. Howard (hamstring) "should be ready to roll" for this weekend's game against the Cardinals. That's a dream matchup, but Howard still figures to land on the TE1 fringes in our Week 10 rankings after averaging just 3 targets across his 6 games this season.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (hamstring) remained sidelined on Thursday, but TE Cameron Brate (ribs) returned to a limited practice. We're tentatively expecting Brate to play against the Seahawks this weekend, but check back tomorrow for another update.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (hamstring) is out for this weekend's game against the Titans. It looks like he injured that hammy on Wednesday because he didn't practice on Thursday or Friday. Howard's status for Week 9 and beyond is uncertain. His absence on Sunday should mean something close to an every-down role for TE Cameron Brate. Howard, of course, wasn't producing much in that role. But Brate is at least a low-level spot-start option at the weak TE position.

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