The Baltimore Ravens have taken the first step in adding to their tight end room, with star Mark Andrews suffering a crackled fibula and an ankle ligament injury last Thursday. Per Tom Pelissero, the Ravens worked out a batch of tight ends on Monday, including former first-round pick O.J. Howard.
With Mark Andrews out indefinitely, the #Ravens worked out a group of tight ends, including onetime first-round pick O.J. Howard.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 20, 2023
Howard signed with the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason but became a camp casualty in early August. The Ravens could replace Andrews’ spot on the active roster with another tight end, especially with them hosting a TE workout to begin preparations for Week 12.
O.J. Howard: Looking to Find A New Home in the NFL
O.J. Howard started his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, becoming the 19th selection in the 2017 NFL draft. He caught a career-high six touchdowns as a rookie. He followed up a productive rookie campaign with 34 receptions, 565 yards, and five scores in 2018. However, after a disappointing third season, the Bucs added future Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski at tight end while also moving Cameron Brate above Howard on the depth chart.
He posted just 25 receptions in the next two seasons but won a Super Bowl in 2020. After playing a career-low 31% of the offensive snaps in 2021, Howard signed with the Buffalo Bills. However, he did not survive the final roster cuts. He immediately landed with the Houston Texans, catching ten passes for 145 yards and two scores.
Baltimore Ravens: TE Depth Chart
The Ravens have tight ends Isiah Likely and Charlie Kolar on the active roster, while Scotty Washington is on the practice squad. Likely becomes the primary fill-in for Andrews, although he has nine catches on the year. The former fourth-round pick showed flashes of brilliance as a rookie, catching 36 passes for 373 yards and three scores in 2022. His size and speed combo give Baltimore a unique option in the passing game.
Meanwhile, Kolar, a fourth-round draft pick in 2022, has five catches for 62 yards during his pro career. Washington has never registered an NFL catch and played wide receiver in college.