WR Theo Howard, #14
So., 6’0″, 180 lbs.
Simply put, Theo Howard can fly. He is an incredibly speedy wide receiver that instantly gives Josh Rosen a long-ball threat. While this skill alone doesn’t put him over the edge as first choice at wide receiver, opposing safeties will have to honor Jordan Lasley’s speed, leaving Howard one-on-one with the defensive back covering him.
In this scenario, Howard typically relies on agility to blow by his defender. However, it is not the only move in his arsenal. Howard doesn’t possess the finest footwork or route running ability, but he does have a good stutter step, and can fake as though he is running a route to the middle of the field, before breaking to the outside again. This helps him create separation from defensive backs, allowing him to get open down the field.
Howard’s speed also comes in handy on kickoff and punt returns. With Ishmael Adams no longer at UCLA, Howard may have the opportunity to fill the returning role that Adams locked down so well. If Howard takes this spot, he will be able to help the offense with instant points or better field position.