Godwin Not Just A Slot

January 2nd, 2020


It seemed curious at the time but damn, Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians hit this idea out of the park.

When Arians come to Tampa Bay, Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht promised he would do everything in his power to bring back then-free agent slot receiver Adam Humphries.

Arians had other ideas. Instead of Humphries, Arians wanted then-No. 3 receiver Chris Godwin to move to slot.

So what happened? Even though Godwin wasn’t fully hip to the move, he was a good soldier and went along with the change in positions. And he totally blew up, racking up 1,333 yards receiving in just 14 games.

However, it seems based on the research of the good people of NFL Films working for BSPN’s NFL matchup, Godwin wasn’t strictly a slot receiver. In fact, nearly half of his receiving yards this season, per NFL Films, came when he wasn’t lined up in there.

Godwin had 687 yards receiving running patters from the slot position. So this demonstrates that Godwin was well-rounded receiver who could play anywhere.

Perhaps that’s why he shined? Defenses couldn’t pigeon-hole him?

13 Responses to “Godwin Not Just A Slot”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Hump was practically non-existent in Tenn……good for him and his payday….

    Godwin deserves a big raise for 2020 coupled with a long-term deal.

  2. Mister Negative Nancy Says:

    can make a good case that Bucs have best WR corps in the league

  3. firethecannons Says:

    Make Hump a Buc again!

  4. Bobby M. Says:

    Strategically its an advantage to have a player that can move around….if we could get an every down back like a Leveon Bell, it would add another dimension to the strategy. Its like having a TE like OJ Howard…..he could be a blocker, could be a receiver…hard for defense to know what’s coming. It shows Arians knows what he’s doing and he’ll likely have significant say in the QB position.

  5. Jerry Says:

    Bucs are blessed with two of the best in the business, lock him up this offseason please and thank you

  6. Bucs Guy Says:

    OJ could, but he doesn’t block or catch. Trade him.

  7. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Godwin isn’t the slot we nor should he

    Most of his receptions was from the outside and vertically

    Godwin had very few short horizontal crosses and slants though he was very effective

    Godwin doesnt have the body type to be a fulltime slot catching balls in front of linebackers. Slight frame with thin ankles

    Hump actually is very stocky, compact and able to take hits

    BA/BL twins didnt really give JW an outlet reciever

    OJ should have been that player but Brucys archaic offense doesn’t flow that way”

    Kobe Faker

  8. Jgar Says:

    Trade OJ Howard while we can still get some value and restructure C Brate’s contract to increase cap space. They (BA JL) know they have to keep JPP, Shaq, and Suh if he doesn’t retire.

  9. Espo Says:

    I like how you write articles for fans but also articles like this one for people who haven’t seen a single game all year.

  10. Craig Says:

    Godwin’s versatility is a large chunk of what made the leftwich offense work. Defenses had to guess where he was going to line up and where he would go from there.

    Evans can’t do half the things that Godwin can.

  11. Slugglife Says:

    The way Perriman came on at the end of the year- man, if we could have all three of these WRs on the field at once- no telling what could happen.

  12. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Agree Slugglife and remember Perriman is supposed to be our deep threat…his speed not his hands were supposedly his strength.

    Wow if he puts those two together next year I sure hope it’s here in Tampa.

  13. MirrorMirrowOnTheWall Says:

    Perriman was nothing until he played with Jameis. After Jameis playing with Jameis Humphries signed a big contract. Humphries had a terrible year with only 374 yards. Humphries would have had a thousand yards with Jameis, and Jameis would not have had as many interceptions. Give the man someone who knows how to run a route.