Gronk is returning. He’s Brady’s safety blanket and they’re on the same page, especially when a play breaks down. For some reason, Gronk already knows where to go as seen in the Super Bowl’s 2nd TD reception.
Brate appears to be on the same page with Brady catching the ball as another safety outlet, but Brate can’t block like Gronk can.
Howard is like Gronk, such that he can block and catch the ball. Unfortunately, Howard has been made out of glass. That potential is so very high, though!
Out of the three, Howard might be the one to move on from, but you can trade him rather than just to cut him. But I’d rather not only because Brady has transformed this offense to utilize TE’s once again. Remember, under Arians, TE’s weren’t utilized much and preferred big time slot WRs like Godwin.
Gronk (77), Brate (34), Howard (19), Hudson (7) = 137 total TE targets
Total targets = 626
TE target PCT = 21.9%
Crazy how much Brady changed the philosophy of this offense. It’s as if we went traditional (err… like how Koetter did things). Gronk had 77 targets!
Look at Howard’s production, though. It’s so difficult not to look at his production and explosiveness.
I’d rather let go of Godwin and re-sign AB on the cheaper end to keep all three TE’s. We disguise so much of our offense with more than one TE on the field. It sucks that we can’t keep everyone, but that’s where we’re at after winning the Super Bowl.
The Bucs exercised the 5th year option on Howard’s contract. Big mistake. He has not lasted a full season once in the four years he has been here. If he ends 2021 on IR, I think the Bucs move on from him.
I probably wouldn’t trade Howard. I think he’s a super star in the making. As long as he stays healthy of course. Which people do make a good point about his availability. If he is stopping the team in retaining any other guys that are too important to leave then maybe we trade him. Gotta go for the repeat while we can.
Why trade OJ when he’s the youngest TE and most talented… I get it he can’t stay healthy but guys sometimes catch breaks in life and this kid is due for one… if anyone needs to go is Brate although he took a paycut im sure NE would give up a 4th for him and his 4.2mil contract…
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