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Bug Howard
No. 85 – Denver Broncos
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1994-11-28) November 28, 1994 (age 25)
Rochelle, Georgia
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:Wilcox County
(Rochelle, Georgia)
College:North Carolina
Undrafted:2017
Career history
* Indianapolis Colts ( 2017)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Injured reserve
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Johnathan "Bug" Howard[1] (born November 28, 1994) is an American football tight end for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Carolina.

Early yearsEdit

Howard, who was given the nickname "Bug" by his grandmother when he was a toddler, attended Wilcox County High School in Rochelle, Georgia.[2]

College careerEdit

Howard caught 22 passes in his freshman season at North Carolina.[3] Howard scored the first touchdown of the 2015 college football season, his junior year, when he caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Marquise Williams in their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks.[4]

In his four-year career at UNC, Howard played in 46 games. He caught 146 passes for 2,048 yards and scored 18 touchdowns.[5] He had just four dropped passes in four seasons at UNC.[6]

StatisticsEdit

Year Team GP Rec Yds Avg TD
2013 North Carolina 10 22 278 12.6 4
2014 North Carolina 12 42 455 10.8 2
2015 North Carolina 12 29 488 16.8 4
2016 North Carolina 12 53 827 15.6 8
Career 46 146 2,048 14.0 18

Professional careerEdit

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

After going undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, Howard was signed as a free agent by the Indianapolis Colts.[7] He was waived by the Colts at the end of the 2017 preseason.[8]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On September 26, 2017, Howard was signed to the Cleveland Browns' practice squad.[9] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Browns on January 1, 2018.[10] He was waived by the Browns on April 12, 2018.[11]

Carolina PanthersEdit

On May 14, 2018, Howard signed with the Carolina Panthers.[12] He was waived on August 31, 2018, as part of final roster cuts.[13]

Atlanta LegendsEdit

On November 9, 2018, Howard signed with the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) for the 2019 season.[14]

Denver BroncosEdit

After the AAF ceased operations in April 2019, Howard signed with the Denver Broncos on May 13, 2019, following a mini-camp tryout.[15] He was placed on injured reserve on August 21, 2019.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "UNC Football: Get to Know Johnathan 'Bug' Howard". UNC Tar Heels Athletics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VHziM1e_eY. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  2. "Indianapolis Colts: Bug Howard". Indianapolis Colts. https://web.archive.org/web/20171001031434/http://www.colts.com/team/roster/bug-howard/ee587626-5bbd-4912-b1c7-bc9698d7fc71/. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  3. Ferenchick, Matt (April 16, 2017). "Tar Heels NFL Draft Profile: Bug Howard". Tar Heel Blog. https://www.tarheelblog.com/2017/4/16/15310774/bug-howard-nfl-draft-projections-mock-draft-north-carolina-tar-heels. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  4. Fornelli, Tom (September 3, 2015). "UNC's Bug Howard scores 1st TD of 2015 college football season". CBSSports.com. https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/uncs-bug-howard-scores-1st-td-of-2015-college-football-season/. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  5. "Bug Howard, North Carolina, Wide Receiver". 247Sports.com. https://247sports.com/Player/Bug-Howard-16156. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  6. Zierlein, Lance. "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Bug Howard". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/bug-howard?id=2558291. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  7. Bondurant, Tanya (April 29, 2017). "North Carolina wide receiver Bug Howard signs with Indianapolis Colts as undrafted free agent". Tar Heel Blog. https://www.tarheelblog.com/2017/4/29/15488890/2017-nfl-draft-results-bug-howard-indianapolis-colts-undrafted-free-agent-tar-heels. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  8. Ites, Andrew (September 2, 2017). "Colts Announce Full List of Roster Cuts". Horseshoe Heroes. https://horseshoeheroes.com/2017/09/02/indianapolis-colts-announce-full-list-roster-cuts/. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  9. "Browns sign WR Bug Howard to practice squad". ClevelandBrowns.com. September 26, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20180408011403/http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/article-5/Browns-sign-WR-Bug-Howard-to-practice-squad/5c415f65-1d73-44d7-9a33-ec44fac66dfe. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  10. "Browns sign eight players". January 1, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20180408233929/http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/article-5/Browns-sign-eight-players/20a31eb8-ce5e-4c5a-b057-0175ee839419.
  11. "Browns release 7 players". April 12, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20180616103806/http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/article-5/Browns-release-7-players/66bb8ce1-785f-4839-8fd5-b35fc0c21fd4.
  12. Henson, Max (May 14, 2018). "Panthers sign four tryouts, waive Zack Sanchez". https://web.archive.org/web/20180516103045/http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-sign-four-tryouts-waive-Zack-Sanchez/2d9e6a71-6e1e-41eb-a432-e5f9dde06198.
  13. Henson, Max (August 31, 2018). "Panthers announce first wave of cuts". https://www.panthers.com/news/panthers-announce-first-wave-of-cuts.
  14. "32 Players Sign New Contracts with the Alliance". November 9, 2018. https://aaf.com/32-players-sign-new-contracts-with-the-alliance/. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  15. DiLalla, Aric (May 13, 2019). "Broncos sign four players as OTAs begin". https://www.denverbroncos.com/news/broncos-sign-four-players-as-otas-begin. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  16. DiLalla, Aric (August 21, 2019). "Broncos place Horace Richardson, Bug Howard on injured reserve". https://www.denverbroncos.com/news/broncos-place-horace-richardson-bug-howard-on-injured-reserve.
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