ESPN Bucs reporter Jenna Laine believes rookie TE O.J. Howard's early contributions will primarily come as a blocker.
Laine expects the Bucs to "leave" the pass catching duties "to Cameron Brate for now." Howard's run blocking has reportedly made "a noticeable difference" for the offense in camp, but he has struggled to hold onto the ball. A 10th-round pick on average, Howard is dramatically overvalued in redraft leagues.
ESPN's Dan Graziano reports O.J. Howard is "turning heads" in training camp.
Per Graziano, the Bucs believe Howard is Day 1 ready as a blocker. Unspoken there is the fact that Howard might not make an immediate impact as a receiver, especially with Cameron Brate siphoning snaps and targets. A freak athlete, Howard will make a rookie impact, it just might not be on the fantasy stat sheet.
Howard has impressed Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston, NFL.com reports. "This is the fastest, most athletic 6-6, 255 guy I've ever seen in my life," Winston noted of the 19th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. "It's unreal."