Bucs Find Their Roddy White

June 14th, 2017

Dirk Koetter explains

Joe bellyached like a whiny fourth grader last offseason for Tampa Bay to sign free agent Roddy White.

Yes, per White’s 2017 revelation, the Bucs seriously inquired.

However, Tampa Bay wasn’t on White’s list, and the Bucs didn’t have enough veteran juice — or rookie juice — to bolster their receiving corps. And the Bucs paid the price dearly.

General manager Jason Licht fixed that issue this offseason, it seems, signing DeSean Jackson in free agency and drafting Chris Godwin in Round 3.

Godwin has been an underwear football star. And, if you read comments from Mike Smith earlier today, the Bucs’ defensive coordinator says Godwin “competes for the ball as well as anybody I have been around.” … And realize that includes coaching stars like Julio Jones, Mike Evans, Jimmy Smith, etc.

So Joe asked winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter about this after practice today. Smith isn’t hardly one for over-the-top praise.

What do you think of Coach Smith’s take, Dirk?

“He does compete for the ball. I mean it’s way, way, way too early to say this: but in that respect Chris does remind me a little bit of of Roddy White in that respect,” Koetter said of Godwin. “When I first went to Atlanta, of course, [Smith] had Roddy way before I did. He’s similar size, a big guy that competes for the ball. Chris is off to a fast start. Let’s temper it until we get pads on. He did it last year at Penn State, and he’s off to a good start here. That’s a good sign.”

Ok, Coach. Joe will “temper” the enthusiasm and excitement a bit, but it’s just so damn hard. If Godwin is a Roddy White type, or even the next Mike Williams (the Bucs rookie stud in 2010), then this offense might just be the best Bucs fans have ever seen.

38 Responses to “Bucs Find Their Roddy White”

  1. Pickgrin Says:

    “this offense might just be the best Bucs fans have ever seen.”

    Count on it!

    Interesting how coaches keep calling Chris Godwin a “big guy”. He’s listed at 6’1″ and weighing 205lbs. Just goes to show the impression he has made and that he plays “bigger” than the measuring tape reads…

  2. Doctor Stroud Says:

    I am really excited to see what Chris Godwin can do! That third WR spot will be a really tough competition. The team is finally developing depth at a variety of positions, especially on offense.

  3. GhostofTedford Says:

    If he helps this offense turn the corner and become a power house offense then I am all for it…welcome Mr. Godwin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. JimmyJack Says:

    I don’t get the excitement. The best case for the Bugs is that Goodwin has only a small impact this year. Sounds like they are grooming him for outside receiver and in this offense the only way he gets significant playing time is if Evans or DeSean gets a bad injury. Our offense will be best with Goodwin in a limited role.

  5. RayJameisStadium Says:

    ^ without a doubt!!!!

    Best offense in Bucs history!!!

    Thanks Glazers!!!! WE are about to experience a 2nd Super Bowl!!!

    Koetter will be holding the Lombardi next to the Glazers in Minnesota next February!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!

  6. JimmyJack Says:

    RB production will make the difference for this offense. Not Chris Goodwin, just ain’t seeing it.

  7. RayJameisStadium Says:

    Pickgrin is right on track!!!

  8. unbelievable Says:

    @pickgrin I was thinking the same thing. The kid fights for the ball no doubt, can’t wait to see him in some real action.

    @jimmyjack, there are 3, 4, and 5 WR sets you know… He could easily be on the field at the same time as Evans and Jackson.

  9. RayJameisStadium Says:

    And add Martin to the mix Baby!!!!

    S-U-P-E-R B-O-W-L!!!!!!!!

  10. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    All hype until we see the product during real games.

  11. JimmyJack Says:

    By ah unbelievable I’m not ray ng he won’t see the field. But how often does this offense run 3 wide? Not very often. Maybe Goodwins biggest impact could be in 2 minute offenses and he makes huge game changing plays for us.

    But with a 2 minute offense I question why you wouldn’t rather rely on guys like Hump or Brate. Goodwin may have more talent but those two are great in those situations because they are very aware of down and distance, getting out of bounds and make great decisions. Not sure you want those types of players off the field

  12. The Buc Realist Says:

    The Kid might be on the field more than some think!!! He might even have better numbers than AH11!!!!!! When you are going 3-4 WR wide he will be lining up against a teams #4 corner!!! Its all about match ups, and The kid could be well placed to take advantage!!!!!!

    It will also be a luxury if he could spell ME13 and D-Jax so they can make if thru the long haul of this season!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!

  13. Eric Says:

    In picture White is using the Schiano method of holding the football.

  14. tnew Says:

    JJ, the majority of the time NFL teams run 11 personnel. That is 1 back, 1 tight end and 3 wr. Now I will give you the Bucs should run 12 personnel a bunch this year and that will keep Godwin off the field. The key with Godwin is how good Howard will be in the passing game. Those two will be fighting for the playing time. Much like Kwon took the starting gig in his rookie year, Godwin will take the #3 receiver this year.

  15. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Five Wide!!! LOL I had to count to see if it was even a possibility. 5 OL empty backfield with just a QB that leaves five other players.

    But will Coach K ever go four wide again to get the best players on the field?

  16. JimmyJack Says:

    I don’t see Goodwin as the #3. More like 3a/3b with Humphries. Hump is a dam good possession receiver and you can’t take that off the field.

    And its not about 3WR sets its about 3 wide.

  17. JimmyJack Says:

    I don’t see the game planning changing to much. Our line has been built to play a physical running game. I don’t see us getting away from that.

    The biggest difference we could very well see is if OJ can get us big plays down the middle. Dirk really has a good game plan that can give the TE open looks down the field.

  18. jerseybuc Says:

    Pickgrin he is the same size as our Mike Williams, who also made an immediate impression on the coaching staff prior to his first games as a Buc. I saw a lot of PSU football and this kid will not disappoint.

  19. Mike Johnson Says:

    Goodwin has yet to play his 1st NFl game. And you’s guys got him walkin on water.Ans comments like, Best offense ever? Its like Mike Tyson use to say, Everybody;s got a plan..until they get hit! Geesh Louise..let the season unfold before you start showing your undewears.

  20. JimmyJack Says:

    Agreed Mike. I love hearing compliments from the coach’s that he stands out and I love the stories of him working hard behind the scenes. But the guy hasent faced anything close to competition yet.

    My guess is the Evans and Desean get limited reps in preseason and Goodwin gets a nice workload against 1st team defenses. Til then you can take his Penn State film and burn it cause it don’t mean Jack anymore.

  21. ARGH_M8E Says:

    Dudes a beast, watch him drag Eli Apple like a rag doll


  22. tmaxcon Says:

    Bobo, Godwin and sperbeck all have more talent and upside than hump. The standards have been raised and hump might be out on the cold. too many of you think with your hearts and not your brains. the days of celebrating mediocrity are gone hopefully

  23. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Welp i guess NosBos is officially a shirker of bets. Tried to hit him up today to collect like he said to and he told to me to F off and lose his Mf’ing number.

    SB man I thought you said your boy was a man of his word?

  24. unbelievable Says:

    I get what you’re saying jimmyjack, and def agree on the 3A/3B with him and Hump.

    Of course it’s too early to accurately project anything but I’m excited for this kid to contribute more and more over the next several years.

  25. webster Says:

    I said it before Godwin looks a lot like anquan boldin. I will continue to say that until he proves me wrong

  26. JimmyJack Says:

    Tmax, it isn’t about upside with Humphries. He has great hands and reads the play the same way Winston does. All he has to do is keep the chains moving on 3rd and short.

    It doesn’t have nothing to do with sheer talent. Hump brings something to the table. His traits are unique to the other receivers we have. We don’t need him burning the sideline for bombs we only need him to get the job done. And that’s all he does

  27. BigMacAttack Says:

    Got to see practice today. They look pretty good. Jameis was sharp. Godwin isn’t big but looks fluid in his moves. He has little skinny burner legs like a lot fast slender players do.

  28. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    I shol did,now tell everyone how I was attempting to bless yo @$$ a month an half ago and you were nonchalant about it. Don’t hit me up later when its convenient for you talkin bout pay me homie. Don’t work like dat,if I took money out yo hand then I feel you. A verbal agreement you better take that cash when its being offered homie.

  29. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Thats 100 percent bs. If you were a man about it there wouldnt even be an issue. You made a bet and now you’re flaking on it for no apparent reason.

    And you are taking money from me in a way, because I was counting on that 250.

    Can’t say I’m surprised really. It’s funny though because weren’t you the guy who pestered Erik for months to give 87 that jersey?

  30. DoNUTS Says:

    I agree with Bonzai. All hype until we see it on Sundays. I do think Godwin will be much better than what we have seen past few years from the bottom of the WR depth chart based on his Penn state tape but this is the NFL, whole different level. I hope his skills translate on the NFL level.

    NOSBOS…you sound like a punk who doesn’t pay up when he loses. Sorry…go look at what u wrote. Your perception of payment timing is not relevant…when u owe the man…pay the man. Simple.

  31. Cobraboy Says:

    I suspect Godwin will split more time with Jackson than Humphries. Jackson needs to be kept fresh, especially later in games.

  32. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    I still have all the messages in my phone dumb@$$.

  33. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Yeah so do I, and not once did you say “hurry up or i’m going flake out like a sniveling child.”

    I figured that it was no big deal and that you would stay true to your word. Guess it was my mistake to assume you wouldn’t be An ignorant douche.

  34. Pickgrin Says:

    NOS – you were begging people to bet you that Cook would be a Buccaneer. Now you want to blow off Blake and feel justified because you felt he was “nonchalant” about getting paid previously?? Dude….

    Just pay your bets off and get on with life. There is NO justification for not paying Blake and if you don’t – good luck trying to hang around here and post without being called out as a liar and a shirker day in and day out.

  35. NFLNut Says:

    DJax is a nice addittion but Evans/Godwin/OJ/Brate are the foursome that could be with Jameis for the next 5-10 years and help him reach his max potential which is an MVP and multiple time SB champion …

  36. GrudenForPresident Says:

    Ray Ray calm down. lets get to the playoffs 1st before we talk Superebowl and Jimmy we didn’t run a lot of 3 wide before because we didn’t really have the receivers but we do now!

  37. Phil Says:

    Hope is better than Roddy White. Roddy White was way over rated.

  38. 813bucboi Says:

    @Nole….that’s down right dirty…..be a man….pay the guy….GO BUCS!!!!