After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, former Alabama TE O.J. Howard had a great rookie season.

In 14 games, Howard racked up 26 catches for 432 yards and six touchdowns, but wasn’t even the Bucs’ No. 1 tight end option.

Still, Howard managed to find a great deal of success on deep passes. According to Pro Football Focus, Howard caught five of his six deep targets for 157 yards and two touchdowns, leading the NFL in catch rate:

Howard will compete with Cameron Brate for the starting job in 2018. If he has a big preseason, he should be in line for more action this fall.

Howard was targeted 39 times in 2017, but if he continues to show his skills in the deep game, he could become a valuable piece of the Tampa Bay offense for years to come.