July 12th, 2020

Can’t lose him.

The Bucs have arguably the best one-two punch at wide receiver in the NFL.

And while Mike Evans is on a path to the Hall of Fame if he continues to rack up 1,000-yard seasons, one national NFL stenographer isn’t sold that Evans is the Bucs’ most valuable wide receiver.

Kristopher Knox over at Bleacher Report seems to think that the Bucs simply cannot afford to lose Chris Godwin with an injury.

Largely overshadowed by Mike Evans in his first two seasons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout Chris Godwin became a full-fledged star in 2019. He finished the year with an impressive 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns on 86 receptions.

Keeping Godwin must be an offseason priority for a couple of reasons. For one, elite receivers are difficult to find, and Godwin appears to be developing into one. Secondly, the Bucs are looking at a limited window with Tom Brady at quarterback.

If Tampa hopes to get the most out of Brady during his two seasons under contract, it had better ensure his best weapons remain on the roster.

First, Joe wants to remind folks of how brilliant a move it was by Bucco Bruce Arians to move Godwin to slot. Everyone, including his general manager, wanted to find a way to keep then-free agent receiver Adam Humphries as a slot receiver.

No, Arians said, he will Godwin at slot because of his speed. Besides, Arians added, Godwin reminded him of a younger Larry Fitzgerald.

Man, Arians sure nailed that.

6 Responses to “Invaluable”

  1. Buczilla Says:

    The current Bucs front office has done some dumb things in the past, but they have made some great moves lately. I don’t think there is any chance that they let Godwin walk out of the door.

  2. DrunkInYbor Says:

    I disagree I love Godwin but Evans has done it year after year. It’s kind of like the Shaq question can he repeat it again? Get close to repeating it? Or will it be their one great season. I think both players are going to prove they are great. Godwin has steadily increased his play every year But still made a huge leap last season. Imagine if their hamstrings held up Evans and Godwin I’m referring to WOW. With all that said I still believe Evans is more valuable. He’s 6 foot 5 and is deceptively fast you can’t teach that. Also Evans has become better and better at running routes and you can count on him in clutch situations. I will give a slight edge to Godwins hands. His ball skills are amazing. They both are great at catching balls neither of them are chest catchers. They pluck the ball out of the air amazingly they don’t wait for it they get it!! Evans played with Vincent Jackson and I thought back then Evans was a superior player to Vincent who had a great career. All in all this is the best wideout combo we ever had! Debating who’s more valuable is a great luxury to have. Go Bucs Super Bowl bound baby!!

  3. Georger Says:

    I am a lot less concern that Godwin will repeat his season than Shaq. Godwin got better every year. He would of put up better numbers in his first two years but didn’t get the opportunity because we had Jackson on the team. Look for to produce again this year.

    The Bucs need to extend him this year. If not Godwin will command 18 million in 2021

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Mike Evans make opposing defenses jeep a safety deep 75% of the game….his presence is a threat that Godwin hasn’t commanded yet. Godwin is just as good in every other receiving metric and better in some.

  5. Buccfan37 Says:

    Godwin for the win! Off topic how many songs mention Tampa and Ybor City in the lyrics. One that does is “Cuban Crisis” by Atlanta Rhythm Section from 1977. It includes the lines “drank all the wine in Tampa last night and most of the beer.” Also “Ybor City on a Saturday night.”

  6. bojim Says:

    We need them both. Evans has been elite for years and Godwin only last year. I fully expect him to repeat and stay elite but Evans is a sure thing. Keep them both. Please.