In each of his first two seasons, Tampa Bay Bucs tight end O.J. Howard has had the season interrupted by an injury. But even with the injuries, the third year player out of Alabama has caught 11 touchdowns in his short time in the NFL. And with the team losing two wide receivers that combined for 117 catches last year, Howard should see his number of targets go up this season.
The tight end spoke to the media on Monday prior to the team's training camp practice. Howard discussed his desire to improve on the little things to help him take the next step in his development as an elite tight end in the league.
As for Howard being defined as a tight end, new teammate linebacker Devin White spoke to the media recently & stated because of his speed, the six foot five inch tight end is not really a tight end. The two players share a locker room now but their paths crossed when both were playing in the Southeastern Conference. In the video below, Howard recalls how Alabama had a hard time getting their hands on the linebacker from LSU.
Howard also expressed because the Bucs new defense uses multiple fronts & packages, it's causing the offensive players to be sharp with their assignments.
Click below to hear the full interview with Howard