O.J. Howard doesn’t look to be a threat to Dawson Knox in Buffalo, so far

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The O.J. initials have significant meaning in Buffalo, from a football standpoint. (For the rest of the country, those two letters have a slightly different connotation.) Tight end O.J. Howard has joined the Bills. For now, Howard has a long way to go to match the exploits of the other Bills player who went by those two letters.

Via Joe Buscaglia of TheAthletic.com, 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 that Howard’s “movement skills” are “well below” those possessed by starting tight end Dawson Knox.

“Howard has not been quick in and out of his breaks, which could hamper his ability to deceive the defender and separate while running routes,” Buscaglia writes.

Howard, who spent five years with the Buccaneers, suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the fourth game of the 2020 season. Last year, he appeared in all 17 games, but he caught only 14 passes for 135 yards.

His best season came in 2018, with 34 receptions for 565 yards and five touchdowns. He signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Bills earlier this year.

10 responses to “O.J. Howard doesn’t look to be a threat to Dawson Knox in Buffalo, so far

  1. There was so much hype for this guy out of college. Every major TE prospect in the last few years has been a major bust. Hockenson, Fant, Irv Smith Jr.

  2. OJ Howard never came close to living up to his potential as a Buccaneer. Looks like that trend is continuing. I would not be shocked if he doesn’t make the final cut in Buffalo.

  3. Tampa threw the ball more than any other team last year and Howard only caught 14 passes. If he had anything left he would have showed it last year.

  4. byaaah says:
    June 17, 2022 at 10:27 am
    There was so much hype for this guy out of college. Every major TE prospect in the last few years has been a major bust. Hockenson, Fant, Irv Smith Jr.
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    Have you seen Kyle Pitts, TE, for Atlanta play. He was #4 taken in last years draft, and he is every bit that good. A bona fide stud.

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