When looking at players prepared to have a breakout NFL season upcoming, one name that tends to jump out immediately for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is wide receiver, Chris Godwin.
About to enter his third season in the NFL after having been a mid-round draft pick from Penn State, Godwin appears to be poised to become more of a nationally known name in what could be a huge year bounce back year for the Buccaneers offense.
A year ago, Godwin nearly doubled his reception output to 59 from 34 in his rookie season of 2017. He also caught for 842 yards and scored seven touchdowns, while essentially being the Bucs third wide recevier target downfield. And now, with burner- but locker room problem DeSean Jackson gone from Tampa Bay, Godwin is clearly poised to assume the complementary role to Perennial Pro Bowler Mike Evans.
And earlier this week Godwin was praised by NFL.com, as potentially being the Buccaneers next first time Pro Bowl player. Marc Sessler compiled a list of all of the NFC teams with players that have yet to earn the Pro Bowl postseason honor and Godwin was at the top of his Bucs list.
Here was his rationale on selecting the 6’1 210lbs. Godwin:
This was a coin flip between Godwin and dominant-when-healthy tight end O.J. Howard. New coach Bruce Arians has a reputation for deemphasizing tight ends, but he acknowledged he’s never had an athletic specimen the equal of Howard. I trust Arians will use his best players, but I know the coach has fallen hard for his young wideout — who posted a 59/842/7 line in 2018 — saying in March: “I think Chris Godwin is going to be close to a 100-catch guy, especially because I think he can play in the slot. He’s never coming off the field.”
Clearly, the Buccaneers are hoping for a huge bounce-back year from quarterback Jameis Winston who has been an injured and suspended disappointment over the last two years, while compiling just a 3 – 13 record as a starter. Winston is hoping for a fresh start under Arians, who’s got a tremendous quarterback improvement track record.
However, Winston will be the first to admit that players like Evans, Godwin and the tight end tandem of O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate will be critical to whatever success he might enjoy in 2019.
Back to Godwin, it is the perfect opportunity in year three of his four-year rookie deal for him to show big time NFL potential.
And, with the other weapons at the Bucs have, he may be in prime position to do just that
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