With Breshad Perriman being the leading receiver in Sunday’s victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars and O.J. Howard’s increased usage, quarterback Jameis Winston is excited about the possibilities moving forward for what is already a dangerous offense.
Despite having two receivers already over 1,000 receiving yards this season and one receiver leading the NFL in touchdowns, this Buccaneers offense has been sorely lacking a legitimate third option. Though many believed it would be Howard to step up in that role, his lack of targets and major dip in production had some questioning his future with the team. Now that he seems to be getting more involved and Perriman’s recent improvement as far as actually catching the ball, this Bucs offense is poised to help the team make a run at the end of the season with the postseason not quite out of reach - yet.
Winston spoke to the media on Wednesday and expressed his excitement for the two players and what they did in a big win over Jacksonville;
“It’s always good when everyone is getting a chance to stick their hand in the pie. Breshad had an excellent game. O.J. – we’ve been waiting for O.J. to have a big game. The opportunity presented itself and both of them showed up and showed out. But those are the type of players that they are. The more that we can get more people the football and keep balance – whether it’s running the football, whether it’s throwing the football to different guys, it keeps the defense on their toes and it helps our offense overall.”
As far as Howard’s increase in looks last week? Winston was asked whether that was Howard getting open or the Jaguars not focusing on him as a legitimate threat;
“I think it’s a little bit of both. We had some opportunities to give him the ball and we capitalized on those opportunities. We know what he’s capable of and when we have chances to give him the ball and let him do what he does, he has big days.”
With the Bucs in playoff mode already - they have to win out and get a lot of help over the next month to have a chance at the postseason - these guys getting more looks on offense could benefit the team in a big way moving forward. If Perriman and Howard can have another game against the Indianapolis Colts as they did the Jags, teams can’t be tunnel visioned on Chris Godwin or Mike Evans anymore.
This offense is built to hurt you from all angles and it looks like players are stepping up to make that happen.