Godwin Not Worried About “Breakthrough”

August 25th, 2018

Jameis Winston, right, congratulates Chris Godwin on a touchdown catch Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.)

Last night Chris Godwin showed why Bucs types are so geeked about his future.

For the second time in three preseason games, Godwin, the second-year receiver from Penn State, demonstrated how he is such a physical receiver when battling defenders to come down with the ball.

Last night it came against Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay of the Lions. Godwin was targeted with a fade pass in the corner of the end zone, got position on Slay, sort of boxed out in a way, skied and came down with the pass from America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Godwin was asked how many in the organization think he will “breakthrough” this season and Godwin sort of struggled to respond to that question because he couldn’t relate to its meaning.

“I always think the highest – I have high expectations of myself,” Godwin said. “If that’s what people want to call it, a breakthrough, then so be it but I set high expectations for myself. These are things I just expect.”

If Godwin keeps advancing the way he has dating back to the second half of last season, he is going to be a terror in the NFC South for a long time.

23 Responses to “Godwin Not Worried About “Breakthrough””

  1. OneBuc55 Says:

    Chris Godwin looks like a 5 year vet out there; I can’t believe he lasted to the 3rd round…As a matter of fact Evans, Jackson, Godwin, Humphries, and Watson all look amazing…

    I know its only preseason but something is different about this team as a whole; for the first time in a long time I see a team playing with a bit of a swagger…If we can playing like this all season we should be tough to beat…

  2. i like gunslingers Says:

    it t’was a thing of beauty i tell ya, the lad is quite thee talanted one

  3. rrsrq Says:

    Receivers 1-6, no matter what combo set of receivers and TE goes out there, it’s a potential 6 on the board or at least a first down. Somehow, ME and O.J. got questionable calls but if they get a rep, this will not be good. Love the run after catch by O.J. even though it was called back

  4. Easy Says:

    Godwin and Evans will be a top NFL duo at WR for years to come.

  5. orlbucfan Says:

    Questionable calls were the usual lousy referee-ing. The Bucs O fully flowers, they will outplay the refs. The receiving/tight end talent on this team is hard to believe. Is it really the Tampa Bay Bucs? Kudos to Licht and the scouts. 🙂

  6. BucTrooper Says:

    This offense could be the equivalent of the Jake Reed/Randy Moss/Chris Carter trio of the late 90s in MN. SPREAD THEM OUT. Run 3 wide every play. Watch the running game explode.

  7. ATrain Says:

    Godwin is dangerous

    He will cause problems for DC in every game

    With this group the Bucs should put up points

    The D Fence will have to show

  8. stpetebucsfan Says:

    It’s starting to get exciting! Except for special teams! How does Kascor keep his job. I realize that was one play and it’s preseason and we’re still perhaps deciding on personnel but after last year it was the worst kind of Deja Vu watching us give up the game changing return for a TD!

    But we have seem to be stacked at QB…WR…TE. Jameis is Jameis…Fitz is a competent veteran backup and Griffin is showing some real potential.

    RB looks decent…if we find the answer to our OL questions this offense could become truly frightening.

    Defense showing some potential as well.

    Dang though I do not want to watch other teams returning kicks to the house!

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    All of my posts are being delayed (I presume some sort of monitoring) so sometimes they appear too late to matter much…..but, here it goes.

    Chris Goldwin looks like a seasoned veteran out there…..and we have a rookie that looks really, really good and that’s Justin Watson……far better than some of the later round busts at WR….he is definitely a keeper.

    Also, I think Shaun Wilson will make the team.

  10. Buc50 Says:

    @BucTrooper that’s the exact trio I thought of last night watching this team. Godwin as a complete handfull last night.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:


  12. Blogtalkfootball.com Says:

    Does anyone remember seeing Cam Brate out there last night? Our top TE is an afterthought this preseason because of the talent we have on offense!

    I like that problem.

  13. Blogtalkfootball.com Says:

    Do you think the Bucs sign Terrence West? He’s visiting the Bucs.

  14. Pickgrin Says:

    Godwin has GREAT body control while in the air. A special talent.

    A real steal in the 3rd rd.

    Everyone who knows says he “plays bigger” than his 6’1″ frame.

    Most pundits had Chris Godwin rated as a mid to late 2nd rd pick. Licht had him rated higher than than. Bucs getting him at #84 was extreme value.

    In retrospect – the kid had top 20 talent coming out and also brought a seriousness and work ethic and determination to be great that very few 21 year olds possess.

    Would LOVE to know where Jason Licht had Godwin rated on his big board. I bet MUCH higher than 50 where they took Justin Evans. So Licht DID indeed lean towards “need” with that Evans pick in the 2nd rd. But when Godwin was somehow still available at #84 – (even with extreme need at RB and Kareem Hunt on the board who Jason really liked btw) the “value” on Godwin’s talent was just too high to pass on in favor of the legit need at RB.

    Just another example of GM Licht successfully having his eye on the long term prize for this franchise and I wanted to point it out because there’s still a few GM bashers out there…

  15. stpetebucsfan Says:


    “Just another example of GM Licht successfully having his eye on the long term prize for this franchise and I wanted to point it out because there’s still a few GM bashers out there…”

    Exactly! Of course someone will now sign on and whine and whine and whine about…but he picked Aguayo…yes that was a big mistake. I think we all get that. But even minimal research could identify big mistakes made by EVERY GM in the league. There is a reason Brady lasted until the sixth round.

    But as I’m learning in a new book I’m reading…humans have a negative bias…that is we are hard wired to really remember the negative while forgetting the positive. So your contribution is very important to JBF.

    Because clearly we can pick at Licht’s mistakes but it’s just so silly when placed alongside his success. As you’ve just pointed out…Godwin was a HUGE success but it’s just easier for some to dwell on Aguayo instead of Godwin…Jameis…ME…Kwon in the 4th…Marpet from a tiny school…I could go on but I know I’d be preaching to the choir with you. LOL

  16. firethecannons Says:

    Joe says:
    “he is going to be a terror in the NFC South for a long time.”
    And so be it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Honestly starting to wonder if Chris Godwin has a higher ceiling than Mike Evans
    1) not necessarily injury prone
    2) boxes out better
    3) better route runner-not sure
    4)causes WAY less penalties
    5) better YAC
    6) catches everything(same as Mikey))

  17. Cobraboy Says:

    Is there a team in the NFL with a better group of receivers than Evans, Jackson, Godwin, Humphries, Brate and Howard?

  18. Billy_43 Says:

    I’m pretty sure that TD punt return was against a bunch of backups as well.
    In a real game late in the 4th QTR I doubt those 11 are on the field.

    I did like Shaun Wilsons returns and he looks poised to break one soon enough.

    They must have questions about him though to be bringing in T West.

    A little puzzled about that one.

  19. BigMacAttack Says:

    I believe I referred to CG as the absolute steal of the draft when we selected him and the receiver with the highest potential in that class.
    Takes bow. Accidentally farts.

  20. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    The first couple of time a watched this play I thought it looked like Slay just gave up on the play. Now when I look at it closer, Godwin sold the “back of the end zone throw” and fooled Slay. By the time Slay realized the “real” route, it was too late. Good play call and great route by Godwin! Before the draft I had heard about the “reception perception” but didn’t know what to make of it. It had Godwin as the #1 WR in the draft at contested catches. Boy was it right!

  21. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Cobra, No, and it’s not even close. If Winston just cuts out the bad decisions we could be explosive. No need for risky throws. Winston naysayers love to point out that FSU had more talent on Offense than most, if not all, college teams. The talent he has around him now, compared to other NFL teams, I think is a greater disparity. The OL is in flux, I get that, but we might have the greatest collection of receiving talent, WRs and TEs, that the league has ever seen. If Winston gets decent protection and cuts even just half of his bad decisions, we will have a great offense and won’t need the D to be lights out to win games. I dare anyone to post a group of WRs and TEs that we’re more dangerous pass catchers than what we have right now! The greatest show on turf didn’t have 2 pass catching TEs like we do. 4 good receivers and an ok TE. We’re not including RBs here, so I don’t want to hear about Faulk! Lol!

  22. SOEbuc Says:

    I remember when were talking to Godwin before the draft and I looked at his film and really liked him. We drafted Evans in the second and was like “damn we didn’t get that WR from Penn State” cus he was projected mid second then we got him mid third and I was very happy. Justin Watson is also looking like he can become a very talented NFL WR. I believe in Global Warming and we can rotate all our talented receivers to keep all of them fresh. If OJ Howard continues to develop over the next two years, even though I love him, Cam Brate could be a huge trade option.

  23. SOEbuc Says:

    Pick up a top LT in free agency next year (dispose of D.Smith) and a very promising RG in the top three rounds (you’re a great scout Jason, but lets try D-1 this time), and with these receivers and what looks to be a possible 1,000+ yard RB (I really believe in PB), the team could become a playoff contender every year, I don’t care if we’re in the toughest division in the league. Defense is very young and talented which means they’re only likely to get better over time. And last but not least, I believe in Jameis. I’ve always liked his gunslinger throwing motion and he honestly does look like he’s getting better down field.

    But of course, I’m a gigantic Bucs fan so I probably say this sh!t at the beginning of every year, but we had a great draft and FA this year and it seems like a lot of pieces are starting to complete this puzzling team.