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Bills Offseason Signing Failing to Impress at Minicamp

Larry Rupp
One Buffalo Bills offseason signing is failing to impress at minicamp.
One Buffalo Bills offseason signing is failing to impress at minicamp. / Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills made it a priority to add depth behind starting tight end Dawson Knox this past offseason when they signed OJ Howard in free agency. The 27-year-old has the size to be a difference-maker on offense, but early reports out of minicamp suggest he is failing to impress.

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The Athletic's Joe Buscaglia reports that Howard has not looked like a dynamic pass-catcher so far and that "his movement skills are well below what Knox brings to the table." Despite being 6-foot-6 and weighing 250 pounds, Howard hasn't been taking advantage when facing smaller defenders.

The most worrisome thing here is that Buscaglia mentions Howard's route-running has been subpar. The Alabama product has not been quick in and out of his breaks. That gives him less of a chance to deceive his defender and become an open target for quarterback Josh Allen.

Howard came into the league as a highly-touted TE prospect. He accumulated 1,456 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first three seasons, but then tore his Achilles in 2020. The five-year pro only racked up 135 yards and 1 touchdown across 17 games played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021.

At the very least, Howard can be employed as Buffalo's blocking TE and a red-zone option. It could be a while before he excels in sets alongside Knox, though. That may not matter considering the Bills currently have the best odds to win Super Bowl 57 at +650, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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