The Bucs primarily worked on rebuilding the defense in last week’s NFL Draft.
And rightfully so. With an offense that was one of the best in the NFL at moving the football(3rd in the league in total offense) and scoring points in 2018(24.8 points a game avg.) that side of the ball isn’t concerning for Bruce Arians and his staff.
A big reason for that has been the past few drafts that saw the additions of quarterback Jameis Winston, wide receiver Mike Evans, and a weapon that Bryon Leftwich thinks will keep opposing team’s up late – tight end O.J. Howard.
“Man, I’ve never seen guys like that,” Leftwich said last Thursday when speaking to the media. “It’s hard to be around guys that can do what O.J. can do. He’s very – there’s not a lot of those human beings walking around on earth. Trust me, because everybody is looking for him. Everybody is looking for the next O.J. Howard. He’s a young guy in this process, but what he can do being that big, being able to run it’s a matchup nightmare for defenses.”
While the Bucs 2019 opponents should be losing sleep trying to find ways to defend Howard, Leftwich admitted he also has some angst when trying to figure out the best way to utilize Howard’s special talents.
“For me, I’m just trying to figure him out too. I’m trying to put him in positions, put him in some easy predicaments, put him in some tough predicaments, so I can see how many different ways I can use him right now. And that’s the thought process with everybody. Just put them in some unique, different situations that they may have never been in, just some thoughts that we can do, because of the talent level on this team and just try and put them in the position to always win.
“Trust me, it’s good to see a guy that big run around the field and be able to run the routes and catch the ball the way he can do all those things.”