TAMPA – Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans got their first extensive look at rookie wide receiver Chris Godwin when he started the team’s third preseason game, last Saturday against the Browns.
Based on what we heard from Bucs coach Dirk Koetter during the latest episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bucs fans are going to see a lot more of Godwin going forward.
Long before he caught four passes for 56 yards against the Browns, an outing that had Koetter describing him as “a No. 4 (receiver) who played like a No. 1,’’ Godwin learned he’s going to be very busy this year.
Well, he will be if he can somehow figure out a way to deal with the oppressive Florida heat and humidity. Right now that’s the only thing Godwin is having trouble with.
In one segment of the show, Godwin admitted that the heat has indeed been a challenge for him. Koetter responded somewhat sympathetically because it appears he has big plans for the 2017 third-round draft pick.
“We’ve got to figure something out to help you out (with the heat), because you’re going to be playing,’’ Koetter told Godwin. “You’re going to be playing a lot. You’ve got to maintain the same speed in the fourth quarter as the first quarter.’’
So there you have it. There was a lot of talk during draft weekend that the Bucs might have pulled off one of the biggest steals of the draft by getting Godwin when they did.
Godwin has done nothing since then to dispel that theory. He has been a standout since he first put on a Bucs uniform for the start of rookie minicamp in May and he hasn’t slowed down.
As we noted here after he stood out against the Browns last Saturday night, Godwin is just the latest in a long line of young receivers who have teased Bucs fans with great training camp and preseason performances.
Godwin, though, seems to have a maturity level and skill set that suggests he’s going to be a lot more than just a big tease. He looks like he’s the real deal and it looks like we’re going to be seeing a lot more of him in the weeks – and years to come.