Elite Status In 2021 For Chris Godwin?

June 27th, 2021

Will new and secret Chris Godwin-Tom Brady code have an impact?

Very interesting insight from James Palmer of NFL Network.

We all know and have read and heard that Bucs quarterback Tom Brady might actually be better this year. Why? Well, Brady claims he didn’t know Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians’ playbook until the end of November. Arians concurred.

So let’s say Brady is better. Who benefits, outside of the Bucs as a whole?

Palmer seems to think it will be Chris Godwin.

Palmer, during a conversation about Brady, noted defenses will play differently against a team after it has a great season. So an offense must adjust.

Brady said last year he was just getting to know his new teammates. This offseason? Palmer tells us that Brady has been focused on developing non-verbal communication with his receivers. And that will pay off big for Godwin.

Godwin, Palmer points out, had half of his catches from the slot. Palmer points out how well Brady used slot receivers in New England, so if Brady and Godwin develop secret-coded communication, Godwin’s numbers will blow up.

This makes sense to Joe, but left unsaid by Palmer is that Godwin is in another contract year. So Godwin has every conceivable reason to put up huge numbers, resulting in many zeros on his future paychecks.

Watch Palmer’s full take below courtesy of NFL Network.

15 Responses to “Elite Status In 2021 For Chris Godwin?”

  1. m0j0 Says:

    It’s blatantly unfair to have the kind of talent the Bucs have right now to the rest of the league. Bucs are going to light up the scoreboard!

  2. Medicated Pete Says:

    Is NFL Network moving or redoing their studios? All of the shows have not been in studio for weeks.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    @Medicated Pete

    The NFL announced plans to auction off the NFLNetwork. Maybe they changed their minds, and decided on a yard sale.

  4. Joe in Michigan Says:

    A few other thoughts on 2021…What if Donovan Smith plays like he did down the stretch for an entire season? What if Shaq Barrett, Playoff/Lombardi Lenny, and Sean Murphy-Bunting play like they did in the playoffs for an entire season?

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    Attributed to Tom Brady … “One of the hardest things about repeating is that things that what worked last year will not work again the following year, and teams will play you differently; you have to make adjustments”.

    Might be wrong, but it seems that’s an extremely important point for our 2021 Buccaneers to take to heart. And I’m sure that Tom Brady will make sure that they do exactly that.

    Other teams will also make adjustments to be sure, and so the big plays that our guys made last year might not be there this year, yielding totally different results. Example: Bucs whooped up on Green Bay 38-10 during the season, and yet at one point in the 1st qtr GB was ahead 10-0. Several huge plays by our defense turned the game totally around (especially the 2 huge INTs in the 2nd qtr, allowing us to take a 14-10 lead). Those 2 INTs rattled Packers’ QB Rodgers big-time & he never really recovered (nor did they score any more).

    Hard to say how much those 2 quick INTs influenced the game’s outcome, but have a hunch that the Packers & Rodgers will learn from those INTs and work hard not to make those same mistakes again. Every game has plays like that which influence the outcome in one way or another. It’s a whole different year, and as Brady said ”You have to make adjustments’.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Agree DR……but the same also goes for us…..the mistakes we made last year are not likely to be repeated.

    We learned mid-season how to play penalty free football….I suspect that to continue.

    I am encouraged by the return of OJ Howard to the lineup and the addition of Giovanni Bernard.

    I still am in wonder as to how Licht put this 2021 team together!!!

  7. Stanglassman Says:

    It would be a tough choice in my fantasy draft to choose between Godwin or Evans. I would probably go with Godwin for the constant point per week vs Evans TD total.

  8. Duane Says:

    Logically, Godwin should get the lion’s share. Evans will have most of the double teams, Godwin is the next best one on one matchup. Now, if this is the season every DC decides that Mike Evans is not worthy of the double team, then I will say Evans. Both missed time and played hurt last year, so silliness could ensue this season. Maybe Ira was right, and it will be Gio )

  9. Rico 210 Says:

    Ah, to look down upon the kingdom…
    I’m calling it, go big or you know
    CG 1,000 yds
    ME 1,000 yds
    AB 1,000 yds
    20-0 till it ain’t so
    Go Bucs

  10. SOEbuc Says:

    Pull a 180 and run the ball 70 percent of the time lol. Pass game gonna get Buc nasty

  11. Beeej Says:

    Did Duper and Clayton ever have years with 1k each? Having THREE receivers with 1k yards would never be equaled again

  12. SOEbuc Says:

    Watch out for YAC with Godwin year two. That’s what is going to be Buc nasty.

  13. Buczilla Says:

    Secret codes are all well and good, but I want Godwin to stay healthy for every game first and foremost. Hopefully Godwin will make defenses look foolish this year and earn himself a massive contract with us. If he misses games again, there is no way that I would give him a long term deal. There are too many talented mouths to feed in the future and throwing away cap space for an oft injured player is dumb. Keeping my fingers crossed…

  14. Defense Rules Says:

    Rico 210 … It’s feasible for ME13, AB & CG to EACH get 1,000 yds receiving, but it’d take a Herculean effort on Tom Brady’s part to create that kind of ‘balance’ in distributing his passes.

    Last year Tom made 610 passing attempts and completed 401 of those for 65.7% (almost identical to his career average of 65.5%).

    ME13 averages 15.5 YPC & 56.4% completion rate over his career, but had 64.2% with Brady last year. So to get 1,000 yds receiving he’d need to catch 65 balls (assuming 15.5 YPC holds) that would require 100 targets (assuming 64.2% catch rate holds).

    CG averages 14.5 YPC & 68.7% completion rate over his career, but had 77.4% with Brady last year. So to get 1,000 yds receiving he’d need to catch 69 balls (assuming 14.5 YPC holds) that would require 89 targets (assuming 77.4% catch rate holds).

    AB averages 13.3 YPC & 65.9% completion rate over his career, but had 72.6% with Brady last year. So to get 1,000 yds receiving he’d need to catch 75 balls (assuming 13.3 YPC holds) that would require 104 targets (assuming 72.6% catch rate holds).

    So the 3 of them would need to catch 209 balls and be targeted 293 times to make those numbers. Last season the 3 of them were targeted 255 times and caught 180 of them (70.6% average among the 3 of them). So they’d need to be targeted more (38 more targets) and catch more (29 more). It’s doable, but that more than likely means that somebody else isn’t getting fed as much. I’m sure though that with Tom Brady it’s all about who provides the ‘best bang for the Bucs’.

  15. DaBux Says:

    Cha-Freaking-Ching. He’s gonna go nuts this year, watch and see.