Sports press conferences are full of cliches, from we “just have to execute” to “it is a team game,” and so on. We have heard them all a thousand times and barely pay attention to them anymore.
And Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston can be one the worst of them at times with standard canned answers.
But every once in a while a player can create a phrase of cliche that makes you laugh under your breath. On Tuesday standing at the podium, Winston did just that when we asked him about the potential of tight end O.J. Howard who will be entering his third season.
“The sky’s the limit really, not even the sky – probably the moon,” Winston said smiling. “Why limit him there? This guy, he’s incredible. He and Cam(Brate) really compliment each other well. I think O.J. can learn a lot of things from Cam, I believe having both of those guys is going to make our offense go to the top.
“You can’t really stop O.J. from doing anything. He’s going to blow you off the ball with blocking, he’ll run past you and stiff arm you. I know he’s going to have a great season and Lord willing, he’s going to stay healthy and make it to the Pro Bowl like he was before he got injured.
Howard was poised for a potential Pro Bowl berth last year until what appeared to be a simple tackle against the Giants in late November ended up costing him the final six games with a high ankle sprain.
Winston wasn’t the only one singing the praises of Howard at the podium on Tuesday. Wide receiver Chris Godwin also talked about how good Howard is – and can be – and although he didn’t do it as cleverly as Winston with a NASA reference, he was just as passionate.
“The sky’s the limit – O.J., he’s a freak, man, he’s a freak athlete, and obviously you guys saw that,” Godwin said. “He’s massive, he’s 6-5’ 6-6’ and 250 and I think he was running a 4.5. A lot of times he was running faster then some of the receivers, and that still amazes me to this day. He’s such an explosive guy and a talented dude that he’s going to keep growing, keeping, going and I can see him being one of the best in the league.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org