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WATCH: New Bucs TE O.J. Howard takes batting practice with the Rays

O.J. Howard Steven Souza Jr.
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O.J. Howard took batting practice with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday.

Howard, the former Alabama tight end now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, took his try at things at the plate before the Rays’ game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Howard, who bats left-handed, was able to make contact on a few of the pitches, including one that came relatively close to clearing the wall in center field. That particular hit came after receiving some batting advice from Rays right fielder Steven Souza.

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Howard took the batting practice as he and other Buccaneers rookies were invited to the game by the Rays. He in particular also was invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game, which he did.

Howard played baseball, along with football, at Autauga Academy, a small private school in Prattville, Alabama, who he helped lead to a baseball state championship. At Alabama, he only played football.

Howard was taken by the Buccaneers with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft late last month. He was the first tight end selected in the draft.

Earlier Monday, Howard signed his rookie contract with the team.

The Rays lost the game, 3-2.

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