Chris Godwin: Ready for WR2?
Heading into the 2019 NFL season Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin is going to be looked at closely, and one question comes to mind is: Can he be the number two Wide Receiver on the depth chart?
Godwin, the 2017 3rd round pick from Penn State, has battled his way up the depth chart and is becoming one of QB Jameis Winston’s favorite targets. His ability to catch almost every pass that is thrown in his way and the knack to be a proven blocker in the running game has turned him into an all-purpose tool in the Bucs toolbox.
Before the start of the 2018 NFL season, Godwin was picked by fantasy football experts to have a breakout season, but it didn’t exactly happen. However, Godwin did improve during this sophomore campaign with 842 yards and 7 TDs. Just like how he was during his time back at Penn State, he had a learning curve to advance his skills as a WR. During his sophomore season, he accounted for five 100-plus yards receiving games, then into his junior season he broke off for 11 touchdowns in the season.
For the 2019 season, he is projected to be the WR number two on the depth chart, but will he become that explosive playmaker alongside Evans. I strongly believe that for the Buccaneers and Godwin to have success, they will need to have more speed at WR, speed that is able to adapt to new OC Bryon Leftwich’s system. A system that is going to be more aggressive and attack more. I would think they would try to mirror the Kansas City Chiefs’ quick-strike offense, which is very aggressive and can strike pay dirt very quickly.
Additionally, for Godwin, he will focus on getting prepared for the upcoming season with a new offensive system, and he will work to prove that all the praises from the experts weren’t for nothing. Godwin was quoted saying,
“I’m just trying to get better one day at a time, and I feel like that mindset has gotten me to where I’m at now, and I’m not going to change it. I take it one day at a time and whatever happens this season is what happens. But I’m going to go out there and give it my all, and I always have.”
He and Evans will set their bar high to become one of the best WR duos in the league in 2019.