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Jameis Winston says ‘probably the moon’ is the limit for O.J. Howard in Tampa Bay

Jameis Winston

Quarterback Jameis Winston is taking solace in the fact that he still has tight end O.J. Howard in his receiving corps as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers go through an offseason of change.

Howard is entering his third season with the Bucs. According to Mark Cook of the Pewter Report, Winston has high expectations for him moving forward:

“The sky’s the limit really, not even the sky – probably the moon,” Winston said. “Why limit him there? This guy, he’s incredible. He and Cam(Brate) really compliment each other well. I think O.J. can learn a lot of things from Cam, I believe having both of those guys is going to make our offense go to the top.”

Winston’s confidence is certainly understandable. Howard has shown plenty of promise in his first two seasons with Tampa Bay. Despite all the constant changes under center, he was poised for his first Pro Bowl-caliber year before he was forced to miss the final six games with an ankle injury. As a result, he finished the 2018 campaign with 34 receptions for 565 yards and five touchdowns.

The Bucs made some serious changes to their coaching staff and roster this offseason. Head coach Bruce Arians indicated that he will avoid the quarterback carousel that was going on in Tampa Bay last year. Meanwhile, the departure of wide receiver DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries will leave Winston without two of his more vital weapons on offense. This could result in an increased target share for Howard moving forward.