The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not have the season they hoped for in 2017, but they were able to get off a five game slide with a dramatic win in week 17. The Bucs rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Saints, and a significant factor in the game was a rookie receiver, Chris Godwin.
His catch and score, gave him seven receptions for 111 yards and the touchdown. And, the effort vs. the Saints earned him his very first NFC offensive player of the week.
Godwin joins Mike Evans, as the only Buc wideouts recently, to take home the award.
He was a 3rd round pick out of Penn State and 84th player taken overall. He played a prominent role for the Bucs down the stretch, and a few times in the middle of the season when speedster DeSean Jackson had a blown tire.
To go along with the career game in week 17, he had three catches for 98 yards in week 16 vs. Carolina. In week 14 vs. Detroit, he had five catches for 68 yards and had the same line vs. the Jets in week 10.
Godwin did most of his damage in December going for 319 yards and a touchdown on 18 receptions.
The Bucs may have found another play-maker to be added to the mix more consistently in 2018.
Could Godwin’s rise even make Jackson dispensable? With the Jackson legal issues popping up over the last week and the inconsistent play on the field could Tampa Bay look to load him off?
It was just year one for Jackson, and in a down year for the team. So, maybe the talk is premature, but, it is a possibility.
With a lot of unknowns going into next season for Tampa Bay, the WR corps talent and depth is undoubtedly one of the things the Bucs don’t need to worry about this offseason.
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