ATB Player Profile: Chris Godwin
Article Written By: Cory Hays
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Chris Godwin with the 84th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Chris Godwin’s pick was deemed a good move as the Buccaneers did not have many weapons for quarterback Jameis Winston. Chris Godwin was expected to backup Desean Jackson and Mike Evans and give the Bucs a true deep ball threat.
The Buccaneers were supposed to click on offense with this addition, but it didn’t work out until the final two weeks of the 2017-18 season.
Chris Godwin began the year as the number four receiver behind Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, and Adam Humphries. The rookie was going to have to prove himself in order to get time on the field.
He worked hard but seemed to get overshadowed by a seemingly similar player in Desean Jackson. In the first seven weeks of the season, Chris Godwin had seven receptions for 74 yards. This is not the type of production that the team was looking for when he was drafted.
The next seven weeks went by and Godwin was very inconsistent. The yards in order were 9, 68, 38, 17, 24, 68, and 18. The Bucs went to Chris Godwin in the final two games with Desean Jackson injured.
Godwin had three catches for 98 yards against Carolina and seven catches for 111 yards and a touchdown in the final game of the season against New Orleans. The only touchdown Godwin scored in his rookie season was the game winning touchdown with nine seconds left in the game.
The numbers for Godwin’s season came to 34 catches for 525 yards and one touchdown. I believe that this could’ve been even better if he had received more targets in the beginning of the season.
My prediction for the 2018-19 season is that Chris Godwin will have a breakout year. He will have a season under his belt with QB Jameis Winston and will understand the NFL game even more. The numbers that I think Godwin will produce are 52 catches for 768 yards and 5 TDs.
I am a big fan of Godwin and it will be interesting to see if my prediction is anywhere near his production.
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