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Zach Shapiro

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: [email protected]

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    In the face of skepticism due to his production, I made this exact case several times in the lead-up to the draft (except using Olsen, Gonzalez, Witten). This coupled with run-first/second offense, the need to protect their tackles from getting beat (Howard stayed in often on passing downs to single block edge rushers), game plans predicated upon protecting horrendous QB play, and then that horrendous QB play manifesting in games (when Howard was wide open for big gains between the hashes you would inexplicably see horrendous reads and attendant throws to boundary receivers who were well covered).

    All together? You get Alabama playing the kind of defense on Howard that opposing defenses couldn’t hope to.

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    To me Howard looks like a taller, faster version of Jimmie Giles.

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