Chris Godwin is NOT a “Sleeper”
Sleepers. When referred to in football, it’s not someone who is legitimately tired, but a player who is maybe underrated but could have a big year, or a player who may have their breakout year. Tampa Bay Buccaneer wideout Chris Godwin’s name is one of the so called “sleepers” for the 2019 season.
Except, he shouldn’t be.
Not that Chris Godwin isn’t talented, but he’s already made his presence known. In 2018, Godwin posted 842 yards on only 59 receptions and seven touchdowns. The kicker? He did it behind Desean Jackson on the depth chart. Godwin had to share reps with Jackson until ultimately Jackson became injured and Godwin began to shine, averaging nearly 15 yards per catch and a catch percentage of 62%.
Godwin will now move to the slot under new Head Coach Bruce Arians, who looks to utilize Godwin’s sure hands. Maybe even a little too much, stating that Godwin will “never come off the field”. This primes Godwin for a season of well over the trademark 1,000 yards and possibly even double digit touchdowns in only his third year in the league.
Being in the slot will not only give him ample opportunities, but having Mike Evans as another target on the team doesn’t hurt. Teams will be looking to stop the self named “Godzilla”, who torched defenses for over 1,500 yards last season. Teams worried about Evans will leave Godwin in softer coverage with more opportunities.
Godwin taking over the slot position will also give him something he had a taste of last season: the ball in space. Godwin was able to take a simple crossing route nearly 70 yards against the Panthers using his long legs and speed to outrun nearly half of the defense. Short slants and meshes will allow Godwin to work in open space and use his footwork to get yards after the catch.
Being in Bruce Arians “score points and ask questions later” Offense, Godwin should be used early and often. Arians has made it clear he wants to score “at least” 30 points a game, which should no problem considering the now 1-2 punch of Evans and Godwin combined for 15 touchdowns last season.
While naming sleepers this season, think twice about Chris Godwin. If anything, he’s slept on. But Buc fans know that 2019 is #12Szn