Yeah so I think the debate of Brate and Howard, I go with the talent. Yes brate definitely did have a connection with Winston but honestly, so did Howard. It’s just a function of Winston loving TEs in general. And this year compared to last year, Howard is outsnapping brate like 70/30. It’s his 2nd year in the offense which he has had a tonne of time to learn. Howard is a weapon all over the field rather than just in the endzone. They are lining him up in the slot and out wide even a lot so he is running way more routes this year compared to last year.
And in the NFL, talent wins out. Howard was the most talented TE of his class and he is proving it now. He can block (means he never leaves the field and also defenders never know what he is going to do, kind of like gronk), he can catch a short pass and take it to the house (I can’t think of any other TE in the league outside of engram who can do that), he can win jump balls, catch over middle, catch outside the numbers and catch TDs in red zone. Dude is just a beast. Compared to him, Brate is just a guy.
It’s a risk but personally, I already made my bet with Howard so I’m going with him ROS once he returns. I’ll eat crow later if I’m wrong. on that.