O.J. Howard benched after “crazy” drop

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Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard had one of the weirdest dropped passes of the season on Sunday when a ball that hit him in the hands somehow ended up getting bobbled behind his back. He reached back to try to grab the ball, but it was intercepted.

The Buccaneers benched Howard after that, leaving him to play a season-low 17 snaps and finish the game with no catches. Howard was at a loss to explain what went wrong.

“I had it and I tried to cut upfield and then next thing I know the ball gets loose and I start bobbling it and it gets behind me some kind of way, which is crazy,” Howard said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “It all happened too fast.”

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians was also at a loss to describe what’s wrong with Howard, who has just 17 catches for 223 yards and one touchdown this season.

“It’s hard to say,” Arians said. “He’s a talented, talented guy, but it’s not showing up on Sundays.”

When Arians was hired, there was talk that he’d be the perfect coach to get the most out of Howard’s talent. Instead, Howard is having his worst NFL season.

19 responses to “O.J. Howard benched after “crazy” drop

  1. so they wouldn’t trade him at the deadline to one of the contenders offering way too much…

    but they’ll BENCH him. yup, makes sense.

  2. “But it doesn’t show up when it pertains to TEs”
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    Judging by Winston it no longer pertains to QBs, either. And checking out the Bucs overall record the whole “talented coach” part seems to be in question.

  3. The 3 first round TE’s that year are all looking shaky at best. Engram, the best among them, cant stay healthy. Kittle was the steal in the 5th.

  4. mogogo1 says:
    November 18, 2019 at 2:07 pm
    “But it doesn’t show up when it pertains to TEs”
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    Judging by Winston it no longer pertains to QBs, either. And checking out the Bucs overall record the whole “talented coach” part seems to be in question.
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    what were you expecting from this year’s Tampa Bay team?

  5. Perhaps Arians overrates players’ talents at the NFL level. He’s been laughably wrong about Jameis Winston. Sounds like OJ might be in the same category.

  6. It would be nice if the TE could get a pass that was not behind him to start with. On the previous drive, Winston hit the defender in the back with a pass to the sideline. Howard is a stud who is not being used to his potential. Kind of a shame.

  7. I remember last season before his injury OJ Howard was having a monster season. Maybe just maybe Arian’s schemes try to force feed the ball to Godwin and Evans creating unnecessary turnovers. By this time, though, Winston should be capable enough not to commit some mental mistakes that are costing his team Ws.

  8. Lots of things go wrong to bad teams. Look back at the Bucs games against the Giants, Titans and the Seahawks. They would have a better record if bad luck and bad coaching didn’t take place.

  9. Please explain to me why they didn’t trade him especially to the Patriots who would of given a second rounder for him possibly even more.

  10. imonfire2niteoyeah says:
    November 18, 2019 at 2:28 pm
    Wasn’t this guy a cant miss prospect? Its crazy how different players are in the NFL from college.

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    i know its amazing how much harder the professionals that are being paid to play football work compared to scholarship guys that dont want to limp for the rest of their life to their dentist or accounting gig do.

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