O.J. Howard

O.J. Howard

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 87%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 11.3%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 2.6
Durability: question mark 2

High Risk

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O.J. Howard Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

-Howard missed 10 games from 2017-2019 with foot, ankle and hamstring injuries.

-In Week 5 of last year, he suffered a torn Achilles that ended his season.

-Howard posted 19-11-146-2 in 4 full games alongside Tom Brady. He out-targeted Rob Gronkowski 19-14.

-Howard’s small sample extrapolates out to 76-44-584-8. That would have put him top-10 across formats.

-That math doesn’t account for Antonio Brown joining the team for the final 8 games. AB, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski (plus Cameron Brate) all return for 2021.

-Translation: Don’t expect Howard to take back the lead role. It all starts with getting healthy for the contract-year TE, who’s expected to participate at the start of training camp (per HC Bruce Arians).

Draft Sharks Bottom Line

Howard’s high on talent. He’s only 26, and he’s showed flashes of TE1 production in parts of 4 pro seasons.

Injuries have simply halted his progress. And now he’ll attempt to come off an ultra-serious torn Achilles. Howard will need a Rob Gronkowski injury to become a viable TE1 streamer.

O.J. Howard Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Oct 23, 2019 NFL Thigh Hamstring Strain Grade 2 Howard was limited in Buccaneers' practice due to a hamstring injury ahead of the game against Titans. He missed two games due to an injury
Nov 18, 2018 NFL Pedal Foot Sprain Howard suffered unspecified injuries to his right foot and ankle on the same play in the 4th quarter of Week 11 and landed on IR.
Nov 18, 2018 NFL Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3 Howard sustained unspecified injuries to his right ankle and foot on the same play in the 4th quarter of Week 11. He missed the rest of the season.
Dec 18, 2017 NFL Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3 Howard suffered a high ankle sprain on a blow to his right leg as he went into the end zone in the 1st quarter against the Falcons. He spent the final 2 games on IR.
Nov 16, 2013 Non-NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1