Top 3 things to know from Day 8 of 2022 Bills Training Camp

Top 3 things to know from Day 8 of 2022 Bills Training Camp

3. How Josh Allen and Dawson Know influence OJ Howard’s game

Tight end OJ Howard quarterback Josh Allen’s determination to help his team win even before they were competing on the same team. When the Bills traveled to Tampa Bay (Howard’s former team) last season, it caught Howard’s attention when Allen returned to the field to finish the game with his team after heading to the sides with an injury.

“That guy pushed through, and I was like, Josh Allen’s a dog,” Howard said. “Then I came here and met personally him and it’s nothing different. When you step on the field with him, he’ll do whatever it takes. When you see that in your quarterback, how can you not go hard for them.”

Now that Allen and Howard are teammates, Howard has focused on getting on the same page as his new QB while also communicating with him to understand how he views certain plays, terminology, and route combinations.

“Just talking to him, so now I know how he likes certain things run, and that allows me to play fast,” Howard said. “Say Josh doesn’t like something or Josh loves that, this is something I need to do. Just that type of chemistry has been really good for us.”

Since joining the team, Howard has also developed a connection with fellow tight end Dawson Knox. The bond started when they were in Nashville for Tight End University earlier this summer, and being from the area, Knox showed Howard around town. Their off-field actions have built a camaraderie that has been apparent on the field throughout training camp.

“When you’re hanging with someone off the field and then you go over there and you work hard with them, you can just communicate and be boys,” Howard said. “You can joke with them, you can say whatever because you’ve built the chemistry off the field. I think that type of stuff always goes a long way.”

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