O.J. Howard

Houston Texans
Tight End #80
Houston Texans
Tight End #80

O.J. Howard News

Won't play Sunday

Howard (hip) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: Howard popped up on the injury report with the hip issue Thursday and was able to put in a full practice Friday, but he won't suit up for the final game of the season Sunday. The 28-year-old closes out his first year in Houston with 10 catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games.

Jan 8, 2023 8:54 AM EST

Questionable for Week 18

Howard (hip) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: Howard returned to a full practice Friday after a limited session Thursday, so he appears to be trending toward playing. The depth tight end is unlikely to play significant role in Houston's low-octane passing game.

Jan 6, 2023 1:29 PM EST

Pops up on injury report

Howard was a limited participant during practice Thursday due to a hip injury.

Analysis: Howard was a healthy scratch in back-to-back games before suiting up for last Sunday's loss to Jacksonville, recording one catch for 26 yards on two targets across 17 offensive snaps. He then did not appear on Wednesday's injury report, so it's unclear when he sustained this new hip issue. Howard will now look to bump his practice activity back up Friday before the Texans release their final injury report for Sunday's regular-season finale versus Indianapolis.

Jan 5, 2023 2:28 PM EST

Won't play vs. Kansas City

Howard (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Chiefs.

Analysis: For the second time in three weeks, Howard will be a healthy scratch for Houston. Rookie fifth-rounder Teagan Quitoriano led the Texans in snaps at tight end in Week 14 at Dallas, so the team could continue to try to see what they have in him.

Dec 18, 2022 9:26 AM EST

Healthy scratch Week 13

Howard (coach's decision) is a healthy inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: After logging a season-low 16 percent of the Texans' offensive snaps in last week's loss to the Dolphins, Howard will now find himself in street clothes for the first time in 2022. Brevin Jordan, who had been a healthy scratch the past three weeks, will replace Howard as the Texans' likely No. 3 tight end behind Jordan Akins and Teagan Quitoriano.

Dec 4, 2022 8:49 AM EST

Loses playing time

Howard caught one of three targets for nine yards and played 14 snaps in Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Commanders in Week 11.

Analysis: Howard had a couple of red-zone looks, but he lost playing time to rookie Teagan Quitoriano, who led Houston's tight ends with 37 snaps. Howard was also behind Jordan Akins (26 snaps).

Nov 21, 2022 6:53 AM EST

Targeted once Week 10

Howard did not catch his lone target in Sunday's 24-16 loss to the Giants in Week 10.

Analysis: Playing time opened up at tight end, as Brevin Jordan was a healthy inactive for the game, but it didn't do much for Howard. It was the fifth time in nine games that he's had one or fewer targets. Howard's been a non-factor since a two-TD day Week 1.

Nov 14, 2022 3:50 PM EST

One catch against Eagles

Howard recorded one catch on two targets for 14 yards in Thursday's 29-17 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Even with a depleted receiving corps, Howard earned a snap share of just 42 percent. He's now seen two or fewer targets in six of his eight games this season and has not caught a touchdown since Week 1. Howard will continue to work in a committee role at tight end alongside Brevin Jordan and Jordan Akins.

Nov 4, 2022 7:10 PM EST

Pair of grabs in loss

Howard caught two of three targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Titans in Week 8.

Analysis: Howard had his first reception since catching a pair of balls in Week 4. With Brevin Jordan back in the lineup, there's more competition at tight end for targets in what is the NFL's 25th-ranked passing offense.

Oct 31, 2022 6:04 AM EST

Minor role in Week 5

Howard did not catch his lone target in Week 5's 13-6 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Howard has moved to the top of the depth chart -- he played a position-high 46 snaps against Jacksonville -- but he's been limited to one target in three of five games. With Pharaoh Brown (now with Cleveland) gone and Brevin Jordan nursing an ankle injury, there's an opportunity for a Houston tight end to step up, but it's been practice team member Jordan Akins reaping the benefits with seven grabs on eight targets for 86 yards the last three weeks.

Oct 12, 2022 5:15 AM EST

Lead TE in Week 4

Howard caught two of five targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 34-24 loss to the Chargers in Week 4.

Analysis: Howard ascended to the top of the depth chart, as both Pharaoh Brown (hip) and Brevin Jordan (ankle) were inactive. The five targets were a season high, and Howard could play a greater role going forward pending the health of Brown and Jordan.

Oct 3, 2022 6:54 AM EST

Targeted once Week 3

Howard did not catch his lone target in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Bears in Week 3.

Analysis: Howard appeared in line for a greater role after the Texans announced Brevin Jordan (ankle) would not play, but he was challenged by Jordan Akins, who was promoted from the practice squad. Howard was on the field for 18 snaps compared to 17 for Akins, who caught three of four targets and a touchdown. It's unclear how the tight end position shakes out when Jordan is ready to play again. It is assumed Howard or Akins would be on the outside. After a two-TD effort in Week 1, Howard has one catch (two targets) for seven yards since.

Sep 26, 2022 6:25 AM EST

One target in loss

Howard caught his lone target for seven yards in Sunday's 16-9 loss to the Broncos in Week 2.

Analysis: Howard was a surprising contributor in a Week 1 tie with the Colts, scoring two touchdowns on 12 snaps. He's still relatively new to the offense, having signed during the week leading up to Week 1, and played just 18 snaps against Denver. Pending the status of Brevin Jordan's ankle injury, Howard could see a significant increase in playing time Week 3 at Chicago.

Sep 19, 2022 7:03 AM EST

Surprises with two TDs

Howard secured both targets for 38 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans' 20-20 tie with the Colts on Sunday.

Analysis: The recent addition was a hit in his Texans debut, maximizing his pair of targets by recording touchdown grabs of 16 and 22 yards. Howard came into the league back in 2017 with the Buccaneers carrying no shortage of promise as a receiver in addition to superior blocking skills, but injuries and a wealth of targets in Tampa Bay conspired to rob him of opportunities in recent seasons. Whether Howard can finally realize his potential in Houston remains to be seen, but at least heading into Week 2, the 25-year-old should be a very popular waiver-wire add ahead of a road matchup against the Broncos next Sunday.

Sep 11, 2022 4:32 PM EST

Officially signs with Texans

The Texans signed Howard on Friday.

Analysis: Howard, who caught 14 passes (on 21 targets) for 135 yards and a TD in 17 games with Tampa Bay last season, adds depth to a Houston tight end corps that also includes Brevin Jordan and Pharaoh Brown. Once he's up to speed with his new team's offense, the 2017 first-rounder has a chance to emerge as a pass-catching threat for the Texans, with Jordan representing his primary competition in that regard.

Sep 2, 2022 1:49 PM EST

On track to join Texans

The Texans are slated to sign Howard, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Previous reports suggested that Howard might be headed to the Bengals, but per Kubena, the Texans worked out Howard on Thursday and he's now in line to join a tight end group that also includes Brevin Jordan and Pharaoh Brown. The 2017 first-rounder is coming off a 2021 campaign in which he caught 14 passes on 21 targets for 135 yards and a TD in 17 games with Tampa Bay, but with Houston Howard could carve out a solid pass-catching role once he's up to speed with the offense.

Sep 1, 2022 3:16 PM EST

Could sign with Bengals

Howard is visiting the Bengals on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Per Rapoport, it all goes well with Howard's physical, the 2017 first-rounder is expected to sign with the Bengals. If so, Howard would bolster a tight end corps currently led by Hayden Hurst, with Drew Sample and Mitchell Wilcox also in the mix following roster cut-downs.

Aug 31, 2022 5:41 AM EST

Let go by Bills

The Bills are slated to release Howard, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: As a result, the Bills are in line to proceed with a tight end corps of Dawson Knox, Tommy Sweeney and Quintin Morris, while Howard will now look to catch on with another team looking to add depth at the position.

Aug 30, 2022 5:28 AM EST

Could lose roster spot

The Bills may consider moving on from Howard depending on his performance in the team's final preseason game Friday, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Buffalo is not expected to play the majority of its starters against the Panthers on Friday, so Howard's mere presence in this game could indicate that his spot is in jeopardy heading into final roster cuts on Aug. 30. The 2017 first-round pick was expected to serve as the Bills' No. 2 tight end behind Dawson Knox after he joined the team on a one-year, $3.5 million deal in March following a disappointing final season in Tampa Bay (14-135-1). However, Bucaglia notes that Howard's subpar performance in training camp may allow either Tommy Sweeney or Quintin Morris to earn a spot as one of two tight ends that will make Buffalo's final roster -- a strategy that the team similarly utilized last year with just two rostered tight ends between Knox and Sweeney.

Aug 25, 2022 11:40 AM EST

Heading north to Buffalo

Howard is signing with the Bills on a one-year, $3.5 million deal worth up to $5 million, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports, per a source.

Analysis: Howard has never quite lived up to his first-round pedigree, much of that due to some injury-plagued seasons, but this is a good landing spot for Phase 2 of his NFL career. Dawson Knox is the clear-cut No. 1 in Buffalo, but if anything put Knox on the shelf, Howard has the skillset to thrive in such a high-powered offense. Even with Knox on the field, the Bills have very little behind him, so Howard should see some targets even as he's getting his feet wet with his new squad.

Mar 16, 2022 3:56 PM EST

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