O.J. Howard, TE (TB)

Thoroughly disappointing season

Howard, who did not draw a target over nine snaps in the Buccaneers' 41-17 win over the Panthers in Week 18, finished the 2021 season with 14 receptions (21 targets), 135 yards and a touchdown across 17 games.

Hopes were high for the 2017 first-round pick as recently as last season before he suffered an Achilles tear in Week 4, and Howard was never able to truly reignite his nascent but promising 2020 connection with Tom Brady this past season. In fairness, the 27-year-old didn't exactly have much of a chance to do so, as he was increasingly utilized exclusively as a blocker down the stretch. Howard has now played out the entirety of his rookie contract, and with seemingly zero indication from the Buccaneers that there's an interest in bringing him back, the athletic but oft-injured Alabama product is virtually certain to ply his trade elsewhere in 2022.

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