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Bucs WR Godwin named NFC Offensive Player of Week

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Off another spectacular performance Sunday in Atlanta, Buccaneers third year wide receiver Chris Godwin is getting more national recognition. This after he was named Wednesday as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Godwin had a devastating Sunday on the Atlanta Falcons secondary, as he had seven catches for 184 yards and a career-high 71 yard touchdown in the Bucs 35 – 22 win:

Godwin helped the Bucs get momentum in the game with his long catch down the middle, bouncing off a Falcon defender and then racing the rest of the way for the touchdown to put them in front 7 – 3. He later caught the second touchdown off a deflected pass at the 1-yard line, as the Tampa Bay took the lead for good 13 – 10.

The third round pick in 2017 out of Penn State is leading the NFL with nine touchdown receptions and second in the league with 1,071 yards receiving. Godwin also went over the 1,000 yard receiving mark for the first time in his career on Sunday. With his fellow receiving mate, Mike Evans, going over 1,000 yards on the season Sunday also, Godwin and Evans become just the second Buccaneers tandem to accomplish that in the same season.

Godwin has quickly become one of the favorite targets consistently of quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston has also set a Buccaneer record with six consecutive games of 300 yards or more passing. He and Evans have alternated with monster games this season. This includes Evans having had two games with at least 10 catches, for at least 185 yards and two or more TDs. That’s the first time that had happened in the NFL, since 1961.

Back t Godwin. It is his second player of the week award, as he was given the honor after the final game of the 2017 season, when he caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the final seconds to beat the Saints.

Godwin also has three games with 150 or more receiving yards that is tied for the NFL lead, and is also the first ever Buccaneers wide receiver to receive the award multiple times.

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Bucs DE Barrett basked in first Pro Bowl appearance Wednesday

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Off the best pass-rushing season in Buccaneers history, potential free-agent defensive end Shaq Barrett was soaking things in Wednesday in Orlando.

That’s where the NFC and AFC top players have congregated for the 2020 Pro Bowl coming Sunday.

Barrett, who set the Buccaneers single-season sack record with 19.5 this past season, ended up being the lone Buccaneer able to play in the game. This, after receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin have both had to bow out due to hamstring injuries.

Barrett got props on day one from one from Cardinals DE Chandler Jones, whom he battled for the sack title all the way down to the final Sunday of the season:

Barrett then got to hangout and sign autographs with the fans assembled at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. The sixth year player out of Colorado State, who was originally undrafted but signed with the Broncos in 2014, then told the media, he’s looking for a big-money free-agent deal. And, further, his preference is that he stays in Tampa Bay.

After all, Barrett surpassed anyone’s expectation in 2019, while playing for a modest one-year free agent deal and betting on himself to cash-in. And now, after his agent Drew Rosenhaus and Bucs GM Jason Licht are done, it appears he will be making in the neighborhood of $18-20 million per year just like the top pass rushers in the NFL.

The Bucs also have the possibility of putting the franchise tag for 2020 on Barrett which would also be valued around that same amount for just the one season.

One final cool moment came Wednesday, where Barrett got introduced to a young Buccaneers fan who’s enduring tremendous family hardship with one parent battling cancer and another suffering from the debilitating ALS disease. After signing an autograph for the young man, Barrett gave him the surprise of his young life with two tickets to next weekend’s Super Bowl in Miami:

And just like that fantastic reward, Barrett will soon be similarly rewarded for his fantastic year and upcoming potential. And most likely, it will be in Tampa Bay for a long time.

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Bucs Evans got respect from LeBron James Saturday night

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The new present day cliche’ for respect among athletes/opponents in sports is: “Game Recognizes Game.” And, there was a neat example of that Saturday night, as the Houston Rockets of the NBA hosted the L.A. Lakers. That’s when iconic NBA star LeBron James of the Lakers came over to acknowledge Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans in the seats behind him.

As you probably know, James is arguably the most recognizable and successful NBA hoops player worldwide in the last 10+ years. He’s a 15 time All Star, a four time MVP, and helped the Miami Heat win two World Championships. And, then came back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who originally drafted him out of high school, and led them to the city’s epic first professional title in any sport in over 50 years back in 2016.

And, LeBron has the Lakers rolling at 34-8 with another win in Houston last night.

As for Evans, he is a Tampa Bay Buccaneers biggest offensive weapon and was having a tremendous 2019 season statistically until it was cut short with a hamstring injury in the Bucs early December win over the Indianapolis Colts.

That’s when Evans suffered a severe hamstring injury on a 61 yard touchdown catch from Jameis Winston and did not play another down in 2019. Still, he joined teammate Chris Godwin, as they both went over 1,000 yards for the season, which was the first time in Tampa Bay history that that happened.

Evans is also only the second player in league history, besides Randy Moss, to have 1,000 or more yards receiving in a season in his first six years in the NFL.

Further, it’s also well-known that Evan is a huge fan of the NBA and he’s originally from Galveston, Texas and play in college at Texas A&M. So, it’s only fitting that he would be courtside during the off-season and the Rockets game against the Lakers.

Evans has made mention earlier in his career that he had met and talked to LeBron James on previous occasions. One reason that Evans brought that up during the season, was his touchdown celebration dance when Tampa Bay outgunned the L.A. Rams in late September.

In that 48 – 40 win Evans caught this clinching fourth-quarter bomb touchdown from Winston and then, celebrated with LeBron James’s signature dance move

James has previously and frequently used that on the court after a big moment, a big win or a championship.

Again “Game recognizes Game,” and clearly James wanted to give some recognition to the Bucs star whiteout Saturday night courtside at his own game.

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