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Buccaneers select O.J. Howard in first round of NFL draft

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) One of the first people to contact O.J. Howard after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected the tight end in the opening round of the NFL draft was an elated Jameis Winston.

From one native of Alabama to another, the Bucs' young quarterback wanted to welcome the latest addition to what has the potential to be one of the NFL's most improved offenses next seasons.

"He text me," an excited Howard said. "He's a great quarterback, a good guy. ... I'm looking forward to playing with him."

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NFC South Division
TeamWLTPct
xy-Atlanta 1150.688
Tampa Bay 970.563
New Orleans 790.438
Carolina 6100.375
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: J. Winston4090
Pass TDs: J. Winston28
Rush Yds: J. Rodgers560
Rush TDs: D. Martin3
Rec Yds: M. Evans1321
Rec TDs: M. Evans12
Int: B. Grimes4
Sacks: G. McCoy7.0
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 5542 (18)
Passing Yards: 4165 (14)
Rushing Yards: 1616 (24)
Points per game: 22.1 (19)
Yards per game: 346.4 (18)
Touchdowns: 37 (15)
Field Goals: 22 (24)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 5887 (23)
Passing Yards: 4246 (22)
Rushing Yards: 1875 (22)
Points per game: 23.1 (15)
Yards per game: 367.9 (23)
Touchdowns: 39 (18)
Field Goals: 27 (20)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/17 J. Adjei-Barimah re-signed/excl. FA One-year tender (through 2017)
4/17 C. Brate re-signed/excl. FA One-year tender (through 2017)
4/17 A. Glanton re-signed/excl. FA One-year tender (through 2017)
4/17 A. Humphries re-signed/excl. FA One-year tender (through 2017)
4/17 F. Martino re-signed/excl. FA One-year tender (through 2017)
4/17 R. Griffin re-signed/rest FA One-year tender (through 2017)
4/17 M. Evans team exercises option Fifth-year option on rookie contract
3/20 J. Lunsford cut
3/18 N. Folk signed One-year contract (through 2017)
3/15 J. Hawley re-signed/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2018)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries for this team
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