Bruce Arians is the new coach in Tampa Bay, and that's a good news, bad news situation for O.J. Howard. On the one hand, Arians has had a lot of success drawing up strong offenses, in Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Arizona. On the other hand, as Ian's posted recently, those offenses haven't produced a lot of viable tight ends -- the list pretty much begins and ends with Heath Miller over the years.

But early reports from Tampa Bay OTAs are very favorable.'s Jenna Laine wrote over the weekend that Howard was being targeted on "seemingly every possession" at practices. Arians has also been impressed by the third-year tight end.

Ultimately, how early Howard will be taken in every draft will come down to teams weighing the history of Arians tight ends versus Howard's own production through his first two seasons. He's missed some time due to injury, but on a per-game basis, he's put up really good numbers in each of his first two seasons. Last year only four tight ends were better, among tight ends to start at least half the season. In his rookie season, only 12 were.

2018Travis Kelce, K.C.166.483.5.6312.1
2017Rob Gronkowski, N.E.144.977.4.6011.3
2018George Kittle, S.F.165.586.7.3310.7
2018Zach Ertz, Phil.167.372.7.5010.3
2017Travis Kelce, K.C.155.569.2.5310.1
2018Eric Ebron, Ind.
2017Zach Ertz, Phil.135.561.5.629.8
2018O.J. Howard, T.B.103.456.5.508.7
2018Jared Cook, Oak.164.356.0.387.9
2018Evan Engram, NYG114.155.7.307.4
2017Evan Engram, NYG154.348.1.407.2
2017Jimmy Graham, Sea.163.632.5.657.1
2018Rob Gronkowski, N.E.133.652.5.236.6
2017Delanie Walker, Tenn.164.650.4.256.5
2017Kyle Rudolph, Minn.163.633.3.506.3
2017Jack Doyle, Ind.155.346.0.276.2
2017Cameron Brate, T.B.
2018Trey Burton, Chi.163.435.7.405.9
2018Greg Olsen, Car.
2017Hunter Henry, LAC143.
2017Tyler Kroft, Cin.142.928.5.505.9
2018Austin Hooper, Atl.164.441.3.275.7
2017Vernon Davis, Wash.
2018Vance McDonald, Pitt.153.340.7.275.7
2017O.J. Howard, T.B.141.930.9.435.7
2018David Njoku, Cle.163.539.9.255.5
2018Kyle Rudolph, Min.
2017Jason Witten, Dall.163.935.0.315.4
2018Jordan Reed, Was.
2017Charles Clay, Buff.133.842.9.155.2
2017Eric Ebron, Det.163.335.9.255.1
2017Jared Cook, Oak.163.443.0.135.1
2017Benjamin Watson, Balt.163.832.6.254.8
2018Jimmy Graham, G.B.163.439.8.134.7
2018Chris Herndon, NYJ162.431.4.254.6
2018Mark Andrews, Balt.
2017Ed Dickson, Car.102.638.9.104.5
2017Zach Miller, Chi.82.529.5.254.5
2017Austin Hooper, Atl.
2017George Kittle, S.F.152.934.3.134.2
2017Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ133.827.5.234.1
2017Julius Thomas, Mia.142.927.7.214.1
2017Marcedes Lewis, Jac.161.519.9.334.0

Scoring above is standard; 1 point for every 10 yards and 6 for touchdowns.

Tampa Bay lost DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries in the offseason; the only sure things ahead of Howard seem to be Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. We'll see, but maybe Howard is the tight end good enough to be as much of a factor as Miller was when Arians was in Pittsburgh.

--Andy Richardson