New Texans tight end O.J. Howard prides himself on versatility: ‘I can do it all’

O.J. Howard broke into his sample, gaining momentum rapidly as he hauled in a protracted cross Monday morning from Texans quarterback Davis Mills.

Building timing and chemistry is a serious a part of the acclimation course of for the newly-signed veteran tight end and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round draft choose.

The major speedy problem for Howard, although, is absorbing the Texans’ playbook. It’s extra in regards to the completely different phrases Texans offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton makes use of for his performs extra so than an enormous distinction in schematics. Howard is concerned in a crash course to stand up to hurry previous to the Texans’ season-opener Sunday towards the Indianapolis Colts.

“I’m grasping it pretty good,” Howard mentioned Monday contained in the Texans’ locker room. “It’s not really the whole offense. It’s what we’ve got going on this week. I’ve probably got a long way to go. For what they gave me, it’s been pretty good. Football X’s and O’s really don’t change. It’s the terminology.”

Howard visited the Texans on Thursday, took a bodily and rapidly agreed to phrases after beforehand visiting the Cincinnati Bengals after being lower by the Buffalo Bills. He signed a one-year contract with a most worth within the $4 million vary, in keeping with a league supply.

He had conversations with Hamilton earlier than deciding to affix a tight end pleasant offense.

“It was kind of hectic at first,” Howard mentioned. “I had calls from Cincy and other teams. I had a couple talks with coach Hamilton. The feelings were mutual. They do a lot of 13 personnel sets (three tight ends. I can come in here and block and whatever it takes. It just felt right.”

O’Terrius Jabari ‘O.J.’ Howard, at 6-foot-6, 251 kilos) has all of the bodily instruments to play the tight end position. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after profitable a nationwide championship at Alabama.

“You’re always trying to add good players, simple as that, and O.J. is a good player,” Texans coach Lovie Smith mentioned. “A lot of talent. He’s excited about being here. Got a chance to see him on the practice field. That’s a spot we’ve talked an awful lot about, adding some depth to the tight end position. Being able to pick up a player like that late in the game like this, is pretty important.”

Howard has 119 career receptions for 1,737 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The Texans positioned rookie tight end Teagan Quitoriano on injured reserve with a knee harm with a league supply saying he’s anticipated to return inside the first half of the season.

The Texans have solely starter Pharaoh Brown, second-year participant Brevin Jordan and Howard as their tight ends on the 53-man roster with tight ends Jordan Akins, a former Texans starter, and Mason Schreck on the observe squad together with fullback-tight end Paul Quessenberry. The Texans tried to commerce for Miami Dolphins tight end Adam Shaheen, however the commerce was nullified when he failed a bodily because of a knee harm and he was positioned on the Miami’s injured reserve listing after reverting to their roster. Tight end Antony Auclair missed all the preseason with a knee harm and was launched.

“It’s been good so far,” Howard mentioned. “Whatever the team needs, I’m a team-player guy. Getting in there and block, catch the ball, whatever it takes. I can do it all.”

Howard lost floor behind Quintin Morris and Ammy Sweeney in Buffalo. He did rating a landing in a win over the Denver Broncos, however it wasn’t sufficient to safe a roster spot on a squad headlined by Dawson Knox, their veteran starter. Howard caught 14 passes for 135 yards and one landing final season for the Buccaneers. He has 119 career receptions for 1,737 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The Texans had extra of a necessity at tight end than Buffalo did. He ought to slot in extraordinarily effectively in Hamilton’s offense.

“I love it,” Howard mentioned. “I think the guys we have in our room are big and physical and fast. It’s tough for teams to adjust to that. The way he uses the tight ends, it sets up a lot of different options. We can be very explosive.”

Aaron Wilson is a Pro Football Network reporter and a contributor to KPRC 2 and click2houston.com

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