Godwin Time

August 23rd, 2017

Rookie receiver Chris Godwin

With Mike Evans missing a couple of practices this week with what allegedly is an insignificant injury, rookie third-round pick Chris Godwin, aka reincarnated Roddy White, has gotten plenty of practice time with the first team.

Dirk Koetter said after practice today that he’s very pleased that Godwin is getting that time with America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Fast-forward to Saturday night, and it’s likely, given Evans’ situation, that Godwin gets to start against the Browns or at least plays quite a bit with Jameis at quarterback.

Joe is glad to see this opportunity for Godwin. Frankly, Joe has seen Jameis throw far too often to Josh Huff, Freddie Martino and Bernard Reedy through training camp and not nearly enough to Godwin.

It’s possible to even say without cringing, this Evans ding comes at just the right time. More meaningful reps for Godwin leading into opening day is a great thing.

Joe knows this: if Godwin lights it up Saturday night, man, there will be a whole new wave of fans calling the Bucs a Super Bowl contender.

26 Responses to “Godwin Time”

  1. Dano74 Says:

    I think Godwin will be our next star player on offense.

  2. Pawel Says:

    Hopefully hes not burned out yet from all the practice and NFL.

  3. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    @ Dano74

    Hey……..remember——everyone in camp are “stars”

    Let us not forget about the unflappable “Kenny Bell” or “Earnest Graham” aka Mr August……..

    …….we need to see him turn it on during the regular season which I don’t think we’ll see until mid-season or next year cause he’s still learning.

  4. Dooshlarue Says:

    I think he’s gonna be a great reciver and he seems to be a solid guy too.

  5. webster Says:

    Earnest graham did perform well in the regular season.

  6. Lue88 Says:

    Earnest wasn’t a superstar but he was dependable solid player.

  7. pick6 Says:

    yep, i think JW knows what he has in Mike Evans. Time to work in Godwin and get DJack a little more involved too.

  8. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    I loved Graham before he got hurt.

  9. lion Says:

    Is Godwin exclusively an outside receiver or can he also play the slot?

  10. RayJameisStadium Says:

    Super Bowl contender???

    Super Bowl Winners Baby!!!!! Again!!!!

    The Glazer Brothers will be standing next to Koetter while he raises the Lombardi next February at the Super Bowl!!!!!

    Super Bowl contender??? lol

  11. RayJameisStadium Says:

    These are not your old Bucs folks!!!!

    Expect Different!!!

  12. Kobe Faker Says:

    Godwin is our best wr who can turn the corner after a short pass to run to paydirt

    when we go 3 wr sets, Godwin will be against the nickle or saftey…

    “that would be taking candy from a baby”

    Kobe Faker

  13. Tom S. Says:

    LOL @ the fan that wants to lump Earnest Graham, a guy who had 2k career rushing yards and a season with 10 TD’s on 4.3 career ypc (higher than Cadillac Williams 3.8, Warrick Dunn 4.1 or Doug Martin 4.2) with camp meat Kenny Bell.

  14. unbelievable Says:

    @bucsanthem- I think you are very, very confused. Let me explain it for you:

    1. Kenny Bell was an underwear football star, nothing more. As soon as the pads came on, he disappeared. Godwin has been playing great with pads, and in preseason games.

    2. Earnest Graham? Seriously? Do you even know who that is? He was the ultimate Buccaneer man- played FB when needed, special teams when needed, and RB when needed. He fought for those tough yards that no one else could get, and had some great seasons with the Bucs, even in a part time role.

    Check yoself, son.

  15. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Yes I’d like to see more work with him too.

    I didn’t realize this but despite the sh1t at WR beyond ME / Adam Humphries / Brate; Winston still threw 230 passes to other targets. Like 30-40 were RBs; and ~200 passes went to guys like Shepard/Martino/Shorts/Dye/etc.

    That’s crazy lol.

    We also had the worst YAC % in the league by a mile. With average YAC % Winston would have thrown for ~ 4900 yards.

    I’d assume ME’s targets go down a little but not much – maybe down to like 150 vs 175. With 600 passes that leaves a lot of room to spread the ball still; and Godwin should get like 3-4 looks a game on average:

    ME – 150
    Djax – 110
    Humphries – 65
    Godwin – 60
    Cam Brate – 80
    OJ Howard – 60
    RBs/others – 75

  16. unbelievable Says:

    I like where your head is at LC.

    I would guess that DJax, Hump and Godwin might be a bit lower than that, with Brate and the RBs being a bit higher.

    It looks like JW has been working on taking his check downs to move the chains more often, much more than he did his 1st two seasons.

  17. Kobe Faker Says:

    Hump is a 5 10 tightend. runs tightend routes and is a easy tackle

    hump is taking too many attempts from oj and godwin that can make plays for Jameis

    “I fear Koetter is going to slowly wean our best rac/yac recievers because they are rookies. We will be firing on all cylinders end of the year when hump is replaced. hopefully we will have at least 10 wins by then”

    Kobe Faker

  18. Rod Munch Says:

    Football Outsiders, a site whose stats much more closely relate to reality than PFF, they had Hump as one of the worst WR’s in football last year – and watching him play I agree. Sure he catches stuff that comes his way but he can’t get open against man, isn’t going to win any jump balls and while he has quickness he goes down the second he is touched. Russell Shepard according to Football Outsiders had a much better season, which is again what my eyes showed me. Hump has a place on the team, hopefully as a 4th or 5th WR option – a guy that can come in and run those bubble screens that Dirk ran 20 times a game in Atlanta. Also against zone defenses Humphries can be productive. But I mean just look at last year – Humps biggest play by far was on a tipped ball where he couldn’t get open. He has great quickness but not NFL speed or size, there’s a reason he wasn’t drafted. As a bubble screen guy he can be very productive and as a #4 WR going against #4 corners or backup safeties, he can be productive as well.

  19. feelthepewterpower Says:

    knock on wood…the tc camp with injuries has seemed to actually benefit the Buccs.

  20. Kobe Faker Says:

    exactly rod

    hump is decent at finding and sitting at zone coverage but

    he cant fight off man press at LOS and disengage/separate

    6 5 OJ and Brate can get those receptions on zone coverage

    this offensive will only go full speed when Godwin replaces nipples

  21. Dreambig Says:

    You guys are cracking me up. All Hump does is catch almost everything that comes his way. I have no idea why Jameis and Koetter love the kid, he sucks! LOL! I do agree that Godwin quite possibly has more upside and needs a chance to prove it.

  22. Rod Munch Says:

    Dreambig – Hump doesn’t suck, he’s just shouldn’t be in top 3 rotation, his skills limit his production. He absolutely should be on the team but they should use him in a way that plays to his ability, trying to get him matchups with LBs or on bubble screens where he can use his quickness. I’m actually kind of shocked Dirk hasn’t ran the bubble screen that much in Tampa, he constantly ran it in Atlanta, every game we’d play the Falcons and he basically used the bubble screen as a replacement for the running game. I wouldn’t ever want to see his run it as often in Tampa but I think Hump would excel in that position and then he’d be much more valuable. The guy has exceptional quickness, he just lacks speed and size, and those are important in the NFL.

  23. Fred E. Bucs Says:

    The Browns DC is the crooked Greg Williams (Bountygate Guy) and while the hit was legal and impossible to avoid really in Monday night’s game with the Giants, Odell Beckham really took a shot low from a pretty good Browns D. A really good Browns D in fact. I was shocked Odell didn’t tear up his knee but he may miss the Giant’s opener at Dallas. We know what Evans can do, and Kwon, and a host of others. I’m fine with wasting my $1000 in tix money to watch more of the backups so our starters are on the field in MIami when it counts. Really want to see preseason cut to two games and two scrimmages, even if the season doesn’t go to 18 games.

  24. Issic Haggins Says:

    Earnest Graham , poor mans Emmit Smith ………….. Grudens dad once told him , Jon your best player and most important player on offense is E Graham , start using him.

    See some E Graham in P Barber

  25. BoJim Says:

    Dreambig Says:
    August 23rd, 2017 at 6:37 pm
    You guys are cracking me up. All Hump does is catch almost everything that comes his way.


  26. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I don’t get Kobe thinking Godwin is some YAC slot monster. His tape / physical attributes are not that of someone with short area quickness / jukes / etc. He’s moreso a polished WR who can run the entire route tree and has great ball tracking / body positioning ability with his frame

    Kobe – Hump & Godwin play very different roles. Hump is a safety valve that CAN get open quickly off the line. He just won’t get you much YAC or a big play but he can get you that quick 3rd down conversion when we need it.

    IMO Howard / DJax / Sims represent our biggest YAC opportunities by far and it isn’t really close.

    Godwin = great for a bunch of big plays this year against teams 3rd/4th CBs and a dependable 3rd / 4th WR on any given play. If Godwin is 1 on 1 with a deep route against a teams 3rd or 4th corner it’s going to likely be a 40 yard play or a TD