“We All Knew The Expectations”

January 13th, 2018

Chris Godwin talks hype, mentality and offseason plans. (Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.)

Pretty neat insight from Bucs wide receiver Chris Godwin.

Godwin made an appearance last week on the “Locked on Bucs” podcast and dropped some knowledge about the mentality that was happening inside the locker room at One Buc Palace.

Godwin was asked about the hype of “Hard Knocks” and the sky-high expectations that fueled. The day after the season ended, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, noted the hype “was real.”

“We all knew expectations the media had for us but it did not exceed the expectations we had for ourselves,” Godwin said.

If anything, Godwin added, the way the season unfolded sort of hacked off the players to turn things around next season.

Godwin noted he thought his success as a rookie was how he approached the season. Godwin said he practiced each day and studied each day as if he was the starter, even if he never took a snap at receiver.

“When I found out I was going to be a starter [against Miami], I didn’t have to prepare any other way,” Godwin said.

On the fact that 79 percent of his catches went for first downs, Godwin thought it would be cool to make a name for himself as a guy who can move the chains.

“If I can play that role for our team and get a first down every [four out of ] five of my catches, I like where I am standing,” Godwin said.

Also, Godwin noted that he, Jameis, Mike Evans and other Bucs plan to work out at Texas A&M this offseason. Why the Lone Star State? Well, Godwin said it is a marriage of convenience.

Of course, Evans is an alma mater of Texas A&M and he has a home in Texas, and new Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher is still tight with Jameis who he coached at Florida State. In the past, Jameis and Bucs receivers had worked out at Florida State in the offseason.

19 Responses to ““We All Knew The Expectations””

  1. AlteredEgo Says:

    I think Godwin’s physical conditioning program will pay off on Evans….if he buys in…

  2. JWBUCS Says:

    Chris Godwin, as a Third round pick was a Bucs Bonanza in the 2017 draft…. He will pay huge dividends over the years to come.

  3. TDTB Says:

    Trade DJax for cornerback or DE help. We’re set with Godwin.

  4. jlbucs Says:

    Well that explains a lot. Jameis seeking coaching and development from Jimbo.

  5. dmatt Says:

    Our head coach is clueless. He does not know how to put the best players out on the field which he previously claimed he would do. Godwin should’ve started earlier in the season n Barber is a no brainer…other sites have Martin as a possible starter in 2018 smh. Y can’t we sever ties with DM now n just move on. Over the past 1-2 years the Panther,Saints,n Falcons have found ways to bring in players through FA n good drafting to build a playoff caliber team. Just a year ago the saints defense was at the bottom. why do we continue to let caliber FA players slip through our hands as we take left overs from the bottom of the barrel. We have more of a coaching issue than a player’s issue.

  6. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Last year I begged for to draft Godwin (Archives)

    This year if we can pick-up an extra pick or two

    Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State

    Or Allen Lazard, D.J. Moore.

    There’s plenty of sleepers at the position in this draft.

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    @TDTB … “Trade DJax for cornerback or DE help. We’re set with Godwin.” Would agree with that in a heartbeat, except that we’ve already paid DJax a boatload in advance (like $20 mil) and his CAP hit would be $7 mil this year I believe if we cut him. He’s ours for another year IMO … which could be a very good thing IF he & Jameis can get on the same page.

  8. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Jackson is going nowhere this year. Interesting how his name was not mentioned for the Texas thing though.

  9. DoNUTS Says:

    Godwin is the Best Buc draft pick by Licht other than #3.


  10. firethecannons Says:

    The dudes need to take VH3 along with them to Texas–maybe he could get some work in– damn that kid needs some moxy to get built on the off season

  11. Not there yet Says:

    Yes I thought it was crazy talk to hear people say trade d Jack but yeah we’re good now. Apparently that’s one too many weapons for koetter to use

  12. Mike Johnson Says:

    Luv this kid. Godwin is living proof you can do well without being a top pick. May be one of our best Value finds. Course, when its time to pay him one day, our Bucs will probably let him go. Hey..its the..Buc Way!!

  13. tnew Says:

    I was equally shocked when he fell to the third round as Howard falling to us at 19. I was holding my breath hoping for him to be picked in the second (and I’m so glad to be very wrong about Evans). Hopefully, this year the trend will continue and the picks will be Chubb, Michel and while I’m in full dream mode, lets finish out that with Will Hernandez and Frank Ragnow to finish out the first four rounds.

  14. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    Yea but Licht cant draft amirite?

  15. NFLNut Says:


    Jameis, Marpet, Donovan, Kwon, Godwin, OJ, Beckwith and Evans … along with UDFA’s Brate and Hump … Licht has been an AWESOME DRAFTER even with the disaster that was Aguayo sprinkled in.

    Now, TRADE the #7 pick to the Bills for the #21 and #22 picks if Bradley Chubb or Saquon … and maybe Quenton Nelson are all off the board when the Bucs pick.

    The #7 pick is worth 1,500 trade points while the #21-22 put together are worth 1,580 … but teams often pay more than a 10% premium to trade up for QBs rather than other positions, and we’d only be getting a 5% premium, and as the Bills picks are NOT worth enough to get to #4 and as the Jets and Broncos sitting at #5-6 are also QB needy, if the Bills want their QB of the future, they will be thrilled to trade with us imho!


  16. Joe Says:


    Well that explains a lot. Jameis seeking coaching and development from Jimbo.

    Just to be clear (wasn’t sure where you were going with this) NFL coaches not allowed to have contact with players until they return for conditioning in April. Also notice Joe wrote Jameis and Bucs receivers in past worked out at FSU. Fisher was coach up there at the time as well.

  17. teacherman777 Says:

    I said it in the preseason!

    I called him “as smooth as Jerry Rice.”



    Godwin is the perfect #2 after D-Jax leaves. Hopefully after 3 years.

    Evans, D-Jackson, Godwin?

    Keep all 3!!

    We need insurance for injuries, which happen every year.

  18. Rod Munch Says:

    Godwin look good in his fairly limited playing time, however for those that think you now run D-Jax out of town, you’re nuts – without D-Jax the Bucs are one injury away from starting Adam Humphries again and that was a complete disaster in 2016. Humphries had a good role on the team this year, when he wasn’t directly losing games by fumbling the ball away, he provided a nice reliable underneath guy that could be productive against teams 4th and 5th corners.

    Anyways it will be interesting to see what Godwin does against a more steady diet of #2 corners. He looks smooth out there, catches most things thrown his way, he’s not flashy at all but is productive. That is a perfect #2 guy in the long run.

  19. Don P Says:

    You keep all three and move d-jax into the slot and have him take all kickoff and punt returns utilize his talent where it’s at speed and special teams