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Bucs’ OJ Howard is a ‘little bit surprised’ about lack of targets

OJ Howard

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had no problems lighting up the scoreboard in recent weeks. Unfortunately, the only notable player not getting in on the action is tight end OJ Howard.

Howard has struggled to make much of an impact heading into Week 6 of the 2019 NFL season. According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times, he admits his lack of involvement has been somewhat surprising:

“A little bit, but it’s just one of those things where you’ve got to stay at it,” Howard said. “Sometimes we don’t play teams who give us what we thought we were going to get on film. So it’s one of those things where you have to keep going and hopefully you get the good looks.”

Howard may not be the only one that is surprised by his underwhelming production this season. After all, he has managed to put up solid numbers since being taken in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. However, he has not landed on quarterback Jameis Winston’s radar much this time around.

Howard was only targeted twice by Winston during their loss against the New Orleans Saints. He has now registered only 11 receptions for 141 yards through the first five games. His comments indicate that he may be starting to grow frustrated with his minimal role in the offense.

Wide receiver Mike Evans and Chris Godwin have proven to be the primary beneficiaries of Winston’s targets. It is safe to say that they have made the most out of them, especially Godwin being in the midst of a career year.

It will be interesting to see if Howard can get back on track against the Carolina Panthers.