The Chris Godwin Hype

August 30th, 2018

Interesting numbers.

Remember folks, there are two Joes who run this here corner of the interwebs.

Both, of course, eat, sleep, work and salivate over everything Bucs 24/7. Doesn’t mean both of us are in lockstep over every issue with the Bucs. Winning, of course, is the ultimate, shared goal.

When it comes to Bucs receiver Chris Godwin, the two Joes are split. One is taking a wait-and-see approach, hopeful Godwin develops into the receiver the Bucs believe he can be. The other Joe is driving the Godwin bandwagon and is fully inhaling the hype.

Joe was hunting around the interwebs and came across a story typed by Luke Easterling of USA Today. In a story on why he would trade DeSean Jackson, Easterling believes the time is now for Godwin to spread his wings and fly.

Joe doesn’t necessarily agree that Jackson should be traded (this year) but Easterling offered some stats that kept Joe awake past his bedtime last night in excitement.

Antonio Brown is the best receiver in the NFL. Joe doesn’t think anyone would argue that. And when the following three receivers were in their prime, Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall and Randall Cobb, they would have all been fabulous to have on the Bucs’ roster, no?

Well, Godwin’s rookie numbers were either comparable to those four receivers, or better. Feast your eyes on this for rookie stats:

Name, receiving yards
Dez Bryant, 561
Chris Godwin, 525
Randall Cobb, 375
Brandon Marshall, 309
Antonio Brown, 115

Additionally, Godwin’s rookie season yards-per-catch (15.4) was better than Cobb (15), Marshall (15), Bryant (12) and Brown (9).

Now Joe hopes you can see why Bucs types are really high on Godwin.

Godwin has just a fantastic mentality and combined with his skillset, the Bucs sure do appear to have a good one on their hands.

27 Responses to “The Chris Godwin Hype”

  1. unbelievable Says:

    The other Joe needs to jump on the train already!

  2. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    June 2nd, 2017 at 6:25 am

    I know player comparison can get out of hand sometimes.
    Especially when using NFL Legends to validate your point.

    But the reason why I spoke about this kid at nausea before the draft.
    Godwin’s work ethic, attention to detail, grit (savage crack-back blocker), and overall talent; is rare. This young man could be the focal point of an offense.

    You can put outside at the “X” if Mike goes down.
    You put in on the move at “Z” if Jackson pulls a hamstring.
    He could beat out Hump at the “Y.”

    By comparison look at how the Oakland Raiders use 2nd year WR Amari Cooper in their offense. They line this kid up; in multiple positions throughout a game. It drives defensive coordinators nuts.

    So for sh!t in giggles lets look at the measurable of both prospects.

    1st Combine

    • HEIGHT: 6’1’
    • ARM LENGTH: 31 5/8’
    • WEIGHT: 209 LBS.
    • HANDS: 9 1/8”
    • 4O YD DASH: 4.42
    • VERT JUMP: 36 INCH
    • BROAD JUMP: 126.0 INCH
    • 3 CONE DRILL: 7.01 SEC
    • 20 YD SHUTTLE: 4.00 SEC


    • HEIGHT: 6’1’
    • ARM LENGTH: 31 1/2’
    • WEIGHT: 211 LBS.
    • HANDS: 10”
    • 40 YD DASH: 4.42 SEC
    • VERT JUMP: 33.0 INCH
    • BROAD JUMP: 120.0 INCH
    • 3 CONE DRILL: 6.71
    • 20 YD SHUTTLE: 3.98 SEC

    *Damn near Identical across the board eh?

    Now lets check out college stats for both prospects

    2nd Career College Stats)

    CHRIS GODWIN (WR) PENN ST. (Career College Stats)
    ==> PLAYS FROM SCRIMMAGE: *157 | 2435 | 15.5 | 18
    • REC: 154 | YDS: 2431 | Avg: 15.7 | TD: 18

    AMARI COOPER (WR) ALABAMA (Career College Stats)
    ==> PLAYS FROM SCRIMMAGE: *234 | 3514 | 15.0 | 31
    • REC: 228 | YDS: 3463 | Avg: 15.2 | TD: 31

    Note: Plays from scrimmage for both players.

  3. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    If you’ve watched Godwin’s career at Penn St.

    Think back to …
    –His smooth release off the line
    –Route Running
    –Strong Hands/Always High Pointing the Ball
    –Runs after catch

    Now Peep this – #53: Amari Cooper (WR, Raiders) | Top 100 Players of 2017 | NFL

  4. BucfanBF Says:

    Godwin has the chance to be a special kind of WR. He has the right attitude and WANT TOO to be the best and he comes across as very humble. I for one am excited to have this kid on the team. The Bucs are stacked and deep at the wideout position and should be for the foreseeable future.

  5. Buc’nIrishman Says:

    Well I guess if Joe is driving. I’m the one right beside him slinging that coal as fast as I can on that train. Evans for all that he has accomplished and will MOST definitely continue to do. Chris Godwin will own the all time bucs records when he hangs his cleats up. Mark it down!! Cheers to all my real fans. As for the rest of ya. Come aboard or walk the plank and buc off. Go Bucs!!!!

  6. firethecannons Says:

    DJax for a 2nd

  7. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    I am also aboard the Godwin train. I wanted us to draft him in the 2nd that season. I was amazed when we got him in the third.
    I am on the train because he just flashes constantly. He catches everything and is hard to bring down. If we didn’t sign Djax he probably has 1000 yards last season.
    Speaking of 1000 yards as a rookie, where is Mike Evans up there? He is much better than Cobb or Bryant or Marshall for that matter. Evans had 1051 his rookie season. How many more did he leave out?
    Godwin is going to be great and I don’t need this useless infographic to tell me what my eyes can see.
    Go BUCS!!

  8. John B Says:

    Just got the 12 in white game day edition-will be wearing it proudly in NO as we start the season with an upset of the Aints

    CG is the real deal!!!! Go Bucs!!!!!

  9. Kobe Faker Says:

    “The only person that can stop Godwin (OJ Howard) is

    Klueless Koetter”

    Kobe Faker

  10. westernbuc Says:

    I’d be fine with trading DJax after the season and resigning Hump, but these stats are meaningless. I’m on the Godwin bandwagon, but let’s slow down

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    There’s little question IMO that the Bucs have some outstanding receiving talent (WRs & TEs), along with a very talented young QB in Jameis who can get them the ball. Yet that hasn’t translated into consistent wins over the past several years. Bucs have done very well at drafting individual talent in certain ‘skill’ position groups (like Chris Godwin), yet we continue to dwell in the NFC South cellar for some reason. Our only 2 winning seasons since Chucky left after 2008 have come IMO because our defense performed quite well (i.e., the only times since 2008 that the Bucs defense has ranked in the Top-15 in the NFL was in 2010 (#9 ranking in POINTS ALLOWED) and in 2016 when we ranked #15). BTW, the ONLY year since 2008 that the Bucs offense ranked in the Top-15 is 2012 (when Schiano was our HC). IMO the reason why we’re not a true powerhouse TEAM isn’t because of our NFC South competition; it’s because Bucs lack BALANCE in the way this roster has been created.

    2018 is the year that all that changes. Jason Licht had to take the FA route to achieve better BALANCE between the offense & defense, but we’ve gotten much closer to that elusive goal than we’ve been since the late 1990’s & early 2000’s. Others may not see it nationally, but those of us who follow the Bucs can see it. The TALENT level has improved markedly across-the-board, and now this TEAM needs to put it all together one game at a time. Buckle in Bucs fans … we’re in for an awesome ride. No more excuses.

  12. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Godwin has already shown he has big play ability. He has already exhibited the chemistry with Jameis to excel. Execution in all phases of the offense in all
    phases of the offense is the will be the key to a high scoring offense. The offenjse has to buy in and cut down on penalties and turnovers.

  13. El_Buc941 Says:

    If we make the playoffs this year Joe,I can guarantee you that desean Jackson will stay put. Simple as that.

  14. Tut Says:

    Trade D-Jax to the Jags

  15. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    I wouldn’t wait…… I bet our is inquiring about trades right now with cuts looming

    Trade DeSean for a guard

    Then plug in any other receiver in the third spot after Evans and Godwin

    Pretty simple math and roster moves

    Only way DJax stays around is for the “x” factor of speed

  16. Bob in Valrico Says:

    No excuse for this offense not to excel. We have so many weapons in the passing game a different receiver could highlighted each week. Chucky often used
    one receiver as a decoy and the other had a big game. This should be the year
    that yards gained turn into more TD’s and faster starts from the offense. Attack the defense and start putting games out of reach for the opposing team.

  17. diggler Says:

    michael clayton had over one thousand yards his rookie year.

  18. Bucsfanman Says:

    LUV dropping knowledge “like Galileo dropped an orange”!
    Godwin WILL be a household name. The Bucs literally robbed him from the draft.

  19. OneBuc55 Says:

    Godwin is our future #2 receiver; Desean is just keeping the seat warm…

  20. Mort Says:

    I was banging the Chris Godwin drum before we drafted him. Still would’ve taken him second round. They need to be 3WR all year. Either take brate or Barber off the field. Defenses will be so so badly outmatched.

  21. Kobe Faker Says:

    “All this pumping and praise of Godwin (rightfully so) however no questioning that he will be on the bench while we see Little Hump with his futile bubble screens! Are the Buc sheep that drunk from all the Klueless Koolaid?”

    Kobe Faker

    #Klueless Koetter America’s Jeff Fisher

  22. 813bucboi Says:

    I believe in godwin…….


  23. tnew Says:

    I love Godwin but wouldn’t trade DJax unless you could absolutely steal from the other team… so just for grins… Think Gruden would push to trade Khalil Mack for Djax and Noah Spence (he might talk himself into Spence evolving into Mack)? Gruden could get really enamoured with DJax.

    What would it honestly take… DJax and a 2nd? Most are saying it would be a 1st and 3rd. Khalil Mack on this defensive line, would be crazy.

  24. webster Says:

    I told this board when we drafted him in the third that we got a steal and he reminded me of a faster anquan boldin. Seems to be spot on

  25. Brandon Says:

    I, for one, threw a fit during the draft when the Bucs bypassed Godwin, who I thought was a definite mid to high 2nd round pick, and took Justin Evans. I absolutely couldn’t believe he was still there in round 3. We didn’t get a steal, we got extremely lucky. In Godwin’s bowl game against USC and 1st round CB Adoree Jackson covering him most of the day, Godwin had something like 10 receptions for 200 yards and 2 TDs… then he went to the Combine and really blew it away with his measurables. By most accounts, he measurables were first round quality, his junior tape was also excellent. The Bucs got extremely lucky. They liked Godwin, as a matter of fact, they had more visits with him than just about any player in the draft… between personal visits, campus visits, Combine interviews, and all star game interviews, his name popped up more than anybody else. To me, it was a foregone conclusion that he would be a Buccaneer if he was on the board in round 2… the fact that he was still there surprised me probably more than anybody. I’m glad he is a Buc. The hype is real, the dude can flat out play. He SHOULD be getting as many snaps as any WR in the offense this season.

  26. Brandon Says:

    tnew Says:
    August 30th, 2018 at 9:45 am
    I love Godwin but wouldn’t trade DJax unless you could absolutely steal from the other team… so just for grins… Think Gruden would push to trade Khalil Mack for Djax and Noah Spence (he might talk himself into Spence evolving into Mack)? Gruden could get really enamoured with DJax.

    What would it honestly take… DJax and a 2nd? Most are saying it would be a 1st and 3rd. Khalil Mack on this defensive line, would be crazy.


    I’ve actually pondered this myself. Not sure anybody wants Noah “No Sacks” Spence. But Gruden might really like the speed element of DJax. Remember, Gruden is the dummy that let Thomas Jones leave for Chicago for one year less contract and one million less per year than he gave Charlie Garner. TJ went on to be the most productive RB in the NFL for several seasons after. DJax is what Gruden wants (fast, productive, and old).

    The thing about Mack is that he wants a fair free market contract. That in itself makes him almost worthless in trade. Free agent services are acquired through the dollar signs in their contracts but no other compensation. Why would anybody give up anything in value for a player only to turn around and pay him over market value (Revis). That’s bad business…

    But in order to acquire Mack and the big contract he would require, we would have to make room…. shipping out DJax and his $10+ million contract would be one way… Maybe we get Mack for DJax and a 3rd. One huge contract for another. This might actually work. i honestly don’t see giving a team a high pick for a guy with a giant contract as a good deal. JPP is about the limit of what you give up (a 3rd rounder) for a guy making great money.

  27. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Seeing is believing. I’ve seen enough of Godwin to be a believer.