“The Smartest Receiver In The Room”

April 20th, 2021

It only took a handful of months for Bucs fans to hear stunning praise after one of the drafts during The Lost Decade.

The year was 2017. Then head coach Dirk Koetter was calling rookie Chris Godwin a No. 1 receiver after drafting him in Round 3. And backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick called Godwin the most mature rookie he had ever been around.

The love was especially noteworthy from two grizzled NFL veterans not prone to hyperbole.

Godwin proved them right, growing each season and adapting to different roles before landing in the Pro Bowl and winning a Super Bowl.

His wide receiver counterpart, 2014 Bucs first-round pick Mike Evans, opened Joe’s eyes this week when he sort of flashed back to the Fitzpatrick-Koetter praise during a chat with TheAthletic.com.

“He’s been more of a mentor to me actually,” said Evans [of Godwin]. “He came in and from Day 1, he was the smartest receiver in the room. I’m very happy we got him back. He’s a big part of our team and we love having him around.”

Big praise there from Evans, and Joe doesn’t doubt it for a minute.

As the 2021 draft approaches, Joe’s taking a minute to savor what a draft score the Bucs had in Godwin four years ago.

11 Responses to ““The Smartest Receiver In The Room””

  1. SB~LV Says:

    Wait until Brady has Elijah Moore !

  2. SlyPirate Says:

    It will be interesting to see how the Bucs navigate the cap next year. They’ll need to make some tough decisions and Godwin will be one of them.

  3. K2 Says:

    Mike Evans is a great leader and has no problem building up his teammates!

  4. Ash Says:

    Love Chris godwin’s game and attitude hope bucs sign him long term next year

  5. Thisisouryear!!! Says:

    I love Mike Evans. He’s very much like Brady when speak of teammates. Team first players are what wins championships. We’ve paid the price as Buc fans, but we are in our glory right now. Go Bucs!!!

  6. Capt.Tim Says:

    Hes a great Reciever! Amazing that we were able to keep him!

  7. Cainishere Says:

    There was a time when all we had was Mike. Now super stars are everywhere you look on this team Mike deserves much praise

  8. PatsBucsfan4years Says:

    Bucs have best receiver Corp in NFL…
    Still wish ABnormal would get off his high chair and sign already 🤔

  9. GOATWatcher Says:

    Calling Julio Jones. Wanna win a Super Bowl?

  10. Youngbucs Says:

    And now all of our players are getting their respect nationally. A lot of you have been asking for that for years. And guess who made it possible the 🐐 Tom Brady that’s who. Cry more haters I love the 🤡 show since there’s no more ringling bros.

  11. Ben green Says:

    He was picked 84th overall. Just goes to show you don’t need to reach for skill positions players. I wasn’t a fan franchising him, but it ain’t my money. Brady would’ve had plenty without him. You may actually be hindering miller and the other kid. I forget his name. They are cheaper options who are still under team control. I was actually looking forward to seeing those Two blossom. Godwin will most likely be moving on anyway. He’ll want stupid money and he’ll get it from someone. The cap is almost assuredly going up