With the 2019 season quickly approaching, it’s arguably the best time of the year to be a football fan.
Rosters are beginning to take shape, training camp is getting ready to start and every fan base is free to believe with impunity that their favorite team is the one to beat — or the one that’s going to shock the world — this upcoming season.
Hope is the common denominator for fans around the league and much of that comes on the back of emerging young stars primed to be the next wave of superstars. Bleacher Report released their list of breakout candidates for all 32 teams in 2019, with O.J. Howard being their best bet for Tampa Bay.
“The arrival of Bruce Arians almost guarantees the breakout will come on the offensive side of the ball for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But the “who” is harder to discern thanks to the verifiable talents of both tight end O.J. Howard and wideout Chris Godwin.
Really, though, we could argue Godwin broke out last year with 842 yards and seven scores. And leaning into a 6’6″, 251-pound target like Howard has a feeling of comfort to it when predicting a breakout.
Howard only got 48 targets last year, catching 34 of them for 565 yards and five scores over 10 games. He hit the 50-yard mark in eight of those games. In theory, better quarterback play and scheme should free him up for big total numbers.
Keep in mind opportunity, too. Adam Humphries and his 76 catches with five scores is gone, as is DeSean Jackson and his 41 and four. An offensive mind like Arians is bound to tap a mismatch creator like Howard as the fix.”