Mindset Of Chris Godwin

May 5th, 2017

Day 1 in the books

Joe got a chance to talk to new receiver Chris Godwin this afternoon after the first rookie minicamp practice.

Joe was very big on Godwin coming into the draft because he always showed up in big games but also because he hauled in passes that were not on target, and he liked to fight for passes in traffic.

More importantly, Joe liked Godwin’s speed.

So Joe asked Godwin, other than his star performance against USC in last winter’s Rose Bowl that fans may have caught, what Bucs fans can expect from him.

“Anytime someone sees me, you are going to see an all-around receiver,” Godwin said. “You are going to see a guy that is willing to block in the run game and willing to run any route in the route tree and make contested catches.”

That is the thing that jumped in the Rose Bowl. Godwin fought in traffic for catches and hauled in passes that were woefully thrown behind him or perhaps overthrown.

Pulling in the difficult passes is something Godwin seems to get off on.

“That’s something I pride myself on,” Godwin said. “Above all else, you are going to see a guy who is willing to do anything to help the team win. I try to grab any pass that comes my way. Not every pass is going to be perfect. The way I look at it, quarterbacks should just give us, as receivers, the opportunity to make a catch. If [a quarterback] just does that, then I believe it is up to us as receivers to make a play.”

Time will only tell if Godwin becomes a solid NFL receiver. He may have a bit of a learning curve because Penn State used a spread offense. But still, Joe loved his attitude and mindset.

33 Responses to “Mindset Of Chris Godwin”

  1. Dan Solaz Says:

    Sounds and looks like a keeper

  2. DEFF JEFF Says:

    sounds like a perfect match for Winston…

  3. LakeLandBuc Says:

    He should be a Number 2 WR in a few years.

  4. darin Says:

    Not a diva it sounds like. I like the attitude and mindset too. The blocking of oj and godwin and others are going to help out this run game. Go bucs

  5. John Says:

    Always that one person who has SOME hate isn’t that right deff Jeff?

  6. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    That point about not being a “Diva” is important. I like the way our WR corps shapes up…the closest to a “Diva” in the group would be DJAX but I think even he has matured.

    At any rate he is surrounded by winners with level heads…#3 ME13..OJ..Brate and Hump….

    I think this could become very important. We’re not going to have room for any Divas because we suddenly have a lot of really really good targets…but still only have ONE football. I hope Koetter/#3 can keep them all happy.

  7. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    John Says:
    May 5th, 2017 at 4:30 pm
    Always that one person who has SOME hate isn’t that right deff Jeff?
    Deff Jeff is right. He sounds Winston-esque. That’s a GOOD thing. I think that’s what Deff Jeff meant.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Perfect situation for Godwin … gets coached up by Todd Monken while having DJax as a great model.

  9. Allabout3 Says:

    Evans, Jackson, Godwin and Manable 88. G

  10. Allabout3 Says:

    First it was the Muscle hampster now it’s OJ tha Manable!!

  11. Kobe Faker Says:

    It all about matchups

    guys remember..

    when Godwin gets on the field…He will go against the 3rd worst cornerback ala part time nickleback

    the top 2 corners is guarding ME and evans

    Godwin is used to play against the number 1 corner with the safety on top

    Godwin underneath ALL DAY LONG

    Godwin FTW

  12. Kobe Faker Says:


  13. Zwak Says:

    Kid says the right things, hope he works out!

  14. Capt.Tim Says:

    He was undervalued at Penn State. passing attack wasnt exactly “Air Coryell”.
    Gives him a chip on his shoulder.

  15. JimmyJack Says:

    If we get into a playoff game we could Find ourselves in a scenario where our top weapons get shut down. That’s when you need capable 3&4 WRs to make plays or you’ll get bounced. Hope this kid is legit and catches up to speed.

  16. macabee Says:

    When I see this kid’s uncanny ability to high point the ball and make contested catches it suggests that he could be special. This guy if developed properly could be the Bucs Antonio Brown. Wouldn’t that be special? Go Bucs!

  17. DEFF JEFF Says:

    No hate here. Reality is Winston is not the most accurate QB so having guys with the ability to catch imperfect passes is necessary because is like catching for the Ricky Vaughn in Major League. Now, if Deckerhoff can channel his inner Uker…..

  18. Destinjohnny Says:

    His heart desire and mind sure run a fast 40.
    That’s a good start wanting to be great

  19. Eric Says:

    Good talk.

  20. Kevinthepainterimagine Says:

    Next Antonio Brown???


  21. WhatdaBUCisthis Says:

    Lots of new posters here. . Awesome
    But lol
    I vote Manimal … like the old TV show for Howard’s nickname.

  22. WhatdaBUCisthis Says:

    Goodwin is gonna be special for us

  23. Travis Says:

    Mike Evans came from about as spread offense as it gets and he developed. No worries about Godwin learning well especially without the pressure of having to be a top option.

  24. Pickgrin Says:

    Our hope for the future at WR#2. Would like to see this guy get plenty of reps from day 1. I have a feeling we are going to need him to step up and play well for at least a couple or few games this year. DJax has played in all 16 games a grand total of twice in his 9 year career.

  25. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    He’s got a bit mike Evans syndrome going on from what tape I’ve watched. He can make the catches you don’t expect most receivers to make then misses the easy ones sometimes. Same could be said for Howard. Not a lot of clean and crisp catches. Good thing we have one of the better receiver coaches in the league and a guy in ME that battled through the same issues.

  26. Rod Munch Says:

    I watched his highlights the other day for the first time and they’re impressive – the guy looks clean and polished, very smooth and very natural looking. When you see the tape you figure he must have ran like a 4.58 or something at the combine which is why he slipped a little – but his combine numbers are really good – the only knock at all would be his 3-cone time being perhaps a tiny bit less than you want, but he ran a 4.42 and was second I believe in the bench press and is a legit 6′ 1″ and has a good vertical. Really surprised he lasted as long as he did, he seems much more like a guy who can come in day one and contribute in a big way. We shall see…

  27. Rod Munch Says:

    BigPoppaBuc – Now I only saw a few highlight videos, not his down to down play, but I came away with a completely different take on the guy, he seemed extremely clean and polished out there. As for the drops, they were highlights so they didn’t really cover those, but not sure why you’re pegging Evans as having drops, he just put up an entire season where that really wasn’t an issue. He had that horrific game against the Giants but he’s never been a guy who drops a lot of passes the way Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson did (VJ was normally terrible early in the year, would drop everything).

  28. Architek Says:

    Time and development will make him a good WR

  29. Dave Says:

    That is awesome
    He is going to take over for Dexter Jackson in a couple years
    Starting as the 3-4 receiver for a couple years is ideal. I am very high on him. Him and Evans and the new TE are going to increase Winstons accuracy

  30. Defense Rules Says:

    All this talk about our new high-powered offense, with all these RBs, WRs & TEs got me thinking … will there be enough passes to go around? Last year Jameis threw 578 times; in 2015 he threw 535 times. Most any Buc QB has thrown, in this century, is 592 passes. Let’s say Jameis breaks that this year and throws 600 passes. (Last year the Falcons threw 537 times, Saints threw 674 times, and Panthers threw 563 times for comparison).

    Last year our RBs got 15% of the passes, TEs got 20% and WRs got the remaining 65%. Assuming Bucs stay roughly the same in terms of percentages, RBs would be targeted 90 times, TEs targeted 120 times and WRs targeted 390 times for the 600 pass total. That’s realistic for the RBs, but low for the TEs & WRs given the personnel that we’ve got. Tony Gonzales used to average 120 targets a yr all by himself. Brate got over 80 last yr all by himself, so 120 for Cam & OJ sounds low. But the same thing happens with the WRs. Jameis now will have ME13, DJax, Hump, Godwin plus probably 2 more to throw to. DJax has been averaging 100 targets a season. Mike Evans got targeted 173 times last yr & Hump had 83 targets. That’s closing in on the 390 total right there.

    Gonna be a challenge for Jameis to spread the ball around and keep everyone proficient. But … what a GRRREAT problem to have.

  31. Buc1987 Says:

    Defense Rules …Jameis drops back and it’s pick your poison. Like to see some empty backfields every now and then too. Scare the crap out of defenses.

    I’m just excited as every one else. The season can’t get here soon enough now.

  32. Bucfan951 Says:

    A poor mans Mike Williams???

  33. NFLNut Says:

    Jameis, Evans, Howard and Godwin … give me 10 injury free years with that foursome and watch the records fall and the rings come Tampa’s way!