The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have lost, but O.J. Howard can look back at his breakout game against the Buffalo Bills with some satisfaction: six catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns on just six targets.
That’s a good game for any rookie receiver, but it’s absurdly good for a rookie tight end. According to Pro Football Reference’s database, only one rookie tight end has had a more productive game since 1999 (the first year they have position information for): Owen Daniels in 2006, who had 99 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches.
The only other rookie tight end to record two touchdowns in one game: Lee Evans in 2004, who did so on eight catches for 92 yards.
Howard’s breakout game was also rewarded with a Rookie of the Week nomination. It’ll be hard for him to beat out Eddie Jackson’s two defensive touchdowns, but you can vote for him here.