While Mike Evans has quickly solidified himself as a TOP 5 receiver in the NFL, fellow Bucs receiver Chris Godwin is also quickly establishing himself as one of the leagues fastest rising young stars.
Godwin, a 3rd round draft pick from 2017, always showed big-play potential even tying back to his college days at Penn State. Godwin played in all 16 games his rookie year and started 2 of them in place of the injured DeSean Jackson, where he hauled in 34 catches for 525 and a touchdown. He would average an incredible 15-yards a catch despite being the 4th receiver behind Evans, Jackson, and Humphries. He avoided the typical sophomore slump by greatly improving in every area compared to his rookie season. Godwin’s 2nd season saw him play in all 16 games while starting 5, he caught 59 passes for 842 and 7 touchdowns.
Godwin has all the makings of the next great wide receiver in this league. But with the departures of receivers DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries, who went to Philadelphia and Tennessee, respectively, there are many holes to fill.
Newly appointed head coach Bruce Arians believe now that Godwin is in a more full-time role due to the recent departures, he will break out in a big way in Year 3.
“I think Chris Godwin is going to be close to a 100-catch guy, especially because I think he can play in the slot,” Arians said. Arians also went on to mention that “He’s(Godwin) never coming off the field.”
When given the opportunity Godwin never disappoints, he had 3 games last year where he reached 100 receiving yards. Godwin was used 29% in the slot last year, I’m very excited to see what Chris Godwin does, not only in a bigger role, but with the Bruce Arians offense we’re all excited to see. I am excited for what Godwin does in 2019!
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