About Bruce Arians’ 100-Catch Goal For Chris Godwin

September 27th, 2019

Head coach Bucco Bruce Arians said multiple times during the offseason that Chris Godwin is a 100-catch guy in this Bucs offense and would be the kind of receiver who would never come off the field.

On the latter, Arians was not kidding. Godwin has played more snaps than Mike Evans, nearly 95 percent of all Bucs offensive plays.

He blocks, he catches, he’s physical, he’s a versatile workhorse and is just 23 years old. The Bucs struck goal with Godwin in Round 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft.

However, Godwin is on pace for 101 targets this season. That’s a nice workload, but that won’t going to get him close to 100 catches. That pace might land Godwin 75 catches. Maybe.

Joe brings this up only because it illustrates that the Bucs aren’t quite using Godwin yet in the way they envisioned. He’s supposed to get more touches. So are the tight ends. Joe’s eager to see how Godwin evolves within the offense, especially after Mike Evans just turned in a performance that will scare the crap out of a many defensive coordinators around the NFL.

First, though, Godwin has to be healthy. He missed Wednesday and Thursday practices with a hip injury.

Joe has heard encouraging words about mauling, revitalized center Ryan Jensen (back issue) playing Sunday against the Rams, but Joe has not heard the same comforting news about Godwin. There’s nothing good about the thought of a Godwin-free Bucs offense.

18 Responses to “About Bruce Arians’ 100-Catch Goal For Chris Godwin”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    I could careless who gets the damn ball


  2. Pittsshore Says:

    Poor math Joe. You have JW at 74% completion rate when throwing to Godwin. A QB with a season QBR of 39 will not complete 74% of his pass attempts.

  3. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    Godwin is really good. Just need a good QB to deliver, and we do not have that. Yet.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Godwin, Brate & Howard……blocking to bolster a somewhat weak Oline…

    Hard to make catches & run routes when you are tied up……plus the Bucs are running more often.

  5. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Bruce Lefttwich is the lovie smith of 2019 offenses he has to fit squares into round holes. Did you see what Doug Pedersen did with his 2 stud TE last night he threw them the ball and got them in mismatches. He ran the RB on wheel routes. The stale biscuit is stuck in the wishbone of the 70s and the bucs will be stuck in the basement

  6. DB55 Says:

    Let’s discuss important football stuff.

    I’m extremely excited about the super bowl halftime show.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    [If you are going to straight up call people liars, at least use a fake name. — Joe]

  8. stpetebucsfan Says:

    As D.R. constantly tries to remind us…football is a TEAM sport.

    We have a lot of talented targets…it’s our deepest position. We are focusing more on our running game.


    Something has to give. Not enough targets and touches to go around. I could care less about individual stats. In fact have you ever noticed how frequently teams with a standout player who amasses amazing stats are still bad TEAMS.

    Wasn’t it the great John McKay who when asked about his team’s execution he replied…he was all for it. LMAO

    That pretty much sums up my feelings. It was a TEAM loss…Coaching…QB…D…I’m not unhappy at all with Godwin’s production…I was worried about OJ until Sunday’s game…but his reemergence is just going to make it that much more difficult to get Godwin his targets.

  9. Cgmaster27 Says:

    A story about godwin and our two bookend clowns cant get jameis out of their mouths. Jameis derangement syndrom alive and well for pittstain and his boyfriends.

  10. LichtHeaded Says:

    Never happen with Coach Turtle. Bucs stuck with Gump and Gutless.

  11. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    “I was worried about OJ until Sunday’s game…but his reemergence is just going to make it that much more difficult to get Godwin his targets.”

    I agree, I was worried about OJ but I disagree that his emergence will take away from Godwin. If a safety and a LB have to account for OJ, than it guarantees a single LB or safety is covering Chris.


  12. Dewey Selmon Says:

    He meant 100 career catches in this system, not 2019 alone. smh

  13. Couch Fan Says:

    Our most dangerous weapon is not Godwin. Its Evans. Are we going to ignore Evans to get Godwin more targets? I would think thats a very bad idea. Not that Godwin isnt good enough, its just we have better options to focus so much on 1 player.

  14. Brandon Says:

    I like pushing the ball down the field, I like having a downfield threat on every play, what I don’t like is seeing all of our offensive weapons running ALL GO routes… route combinations often work better than ALL GO. Besides the fact that players often bite on shorter routes leaving deeper routed guys open, the option of shorter routes helps the QB when nobody is open. Too often all receivers were covered and nobody was running a short or intermediate route and we got sacked. This is poor play design and needs to be fixed. Godwin CAN run a GO but he is probably best being hit in stride on slants. outs, bubble screens, and crosses so he can use his explosive run after the catch ability. Evans’ strong suit isn’t running after the catch.

  15. Ndog Says:

    Thanks Brandon an actual post with some football intelligence behind it. Outstanding sir.

  16. DB55 Says:


    No Brandon the yahoos insist that Jaboo just holds the ball too long. Unlike Rodgers who releases it .2 secs faster. no need to consider that Adams is running 2 yard arrow routes.

    It not scheme it the ignorant thug loser trying to play quarterback. Didn’t you get the memo?

  17. Anonymous Says:

    So let me get this straight, we need 10 targets/touches a game for all our offensive skill players yet we expect Winston to throw less than 30 passes a game to be effective…

  18. Pickgrin Says:

    If Godwin can’t go – then I would like to see Justin Watson get a # of those snaps