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.

QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Taylor Jenkins/PR
QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Taylor Jenkins/PR

“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.”

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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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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 [email protected]

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  1. Well… at least he is still being positive. Just hope it translates onto the field with better accuracy on the longer passes and better decision making. If he can work effectively in the system it could be a good year for him. If he pushes or tries to do too much it will probably be the end for him in Tampa. I really want this to work out and I hope it does but I do have tempered expectations based on the past performance of Jameis Winston.

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  2. Love the choice of picture…It’s OJ reaching back to try and make a one-handed grab of a poorly thrown ball.

    Wasn’t he hurt on similar plays the last two years? I know he got hurt last year skying “to the moon” for a badly overthrown pass by #3.

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  3. This is one time that I do agree with Jameis Winston I really like OJ Howard I like his work ethic the altitude the level he goes to stay in and getting into shape and the performance on the field I think he’s only going to go up. He is an athlete that other players on the Bucs should look up to an and seek advise with OJ on getting themselves into his kind of shape

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  4. It’s always nice to see nice comments from Bob.

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  5. Bob finally posts something positive, now Sombrero has gone to the dark side. Don’t recall either year Howard was injured was due to a poor pass. Howard suffered an ankle injury getting tackled from behind after a big gain.

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  6. Agreed skipper. First year it was his ankle when he got tackled going out of bounds and last year was when he was tackled from behind and the player landed with all his weight on his ankle. Come on sombrero, you’re better than this lol.

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  7. bigsombrero… I mentioned JW3’s poorly thrown passes in another article and got a couple dozen “thumbs down” for it. Sometimes it seems like this isn’t a website dedicated to the Bucs but more like the Jameis Winston fan club. Don’t say anything bad about him or you get a tongue lashing. Whatever. What chefbo said is true though. Howard wasn’t injured because of bad throws. Just bad dice rolls…

    Winston will never be an elite QB in this league. He has the potential to be above average. That’s his moon. Surround him with amazing athletes and he could look elite, but it’s all smoke and mirrors. He would be great coming off the bench. Bring a lot of fire to a team that’s trailing after the half. I am not a Jameis Winston fan but rather a Buccaneer fan. I hold no ill will toward him and I do not dislike him. I want what is best for this team to succeed, and I do not see him taking this team to the next level of success. Too many bonehead mistakes (not coaching mistakes or poorly designed plays, and not always the OLine’s poor blocking). People are always saying things like, “as long as New Orleans has Drew Brees they will be tough to beat.” Same goes for ATL, GB, SEA, PIT, IND, etc. No one says that about Tampa or JW3 because he’s just not that good of a QB.

    I say we definitely draft a QB for grooming. Lord knows he will be needed next year.

    Let it rain Thumbs Down! Let it rain!! I’m coming for your title Bob.

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  8. bucianco, I don’t know if anyone can surpass BOB at this point. Good luck to you, sir

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  9. Bucianco,
    Facts do matter and blaming Winston for O.J. Howard’s injuries is ridiculous and just false. The haters lose credibility when they grab at straws with easily fact based opposition.

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