Chris Godwin Inching Towards Returning To Contact

August 9th, 2022

Not needed for Dallas?

One reason the Bucs acquired Julio Jones was veteran depth. And perhaps, Jones could be starting Week 1 given that Chris Godwin is on the shelf.

But will he stay there?

Godwin, the Bucs star receiver rehabbing from knee surgery, continues his impressive recovery as he was out at One Buc Palace practice fields and caught some passes from Tom Brady in receivers drills.

Of course, it would be awesome to have Godwin back on the field for Week 1 if he is Dallas-ready. However, he may not be needed.

That’s what Bucs coach Todd Bowles said after practice today. He doesn’t believe the Bucs are in a do-or-die mode, desperately needing Godwin suited up in Jerry’s World.

Bowles did say the Bucs need Godwin for the long haul. So they are being patient, even though Godwin may not be patient. The Bucs, Bowles said, are skittish about rushing him back and then losing him again for the season as a result.

Smart theory by Bowles. The Bucs need Godwin in January (and hopefully February), not in September.

14 Responses to “Chris Godwin Inching Towards Returning To Contact”

  1. Kody Says:

    That’s fine with me. I’m totally psyched to see what Gage and Julio can do, as well, of course, as Evans and our new TEs. Should be an awesome year for TB and the Bucs’ passing game.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Let’s run this by Booger first…..

  3. geno711 Says:

    Amazing recovery.

    Reminds me of Gronk after his December 2014 ACL/MCL injury.

    Caught 3 TDs in opening game of season against Pittsburgh in 2015.

  4. PassingThru Says:

    I just want Julio to be heavily involved, up until Godwin is able to transition as WR2 as it will be done in phases. At that point, you can put Julio on a pitch count and save his legs for the postseason. That’s his mission, at least from my perspective.

  5. Maniac Buc Says:

    I think Godwin plays week 1. Maybe 30-40% of the snaps. And he’ll slowly transition up each week, to where by week 6-8, he be back in the #2 receiver spot. That would be ideal.

  6. Goatfarmer Says:


    Pump the breaks Chris. I doubt Julio makes the team, he hasn’t really shown up in Joes’ write-ups. Keep the younger dudes with high ceilings.

  7. Maniac Buc Says:

    @GoatFarmer, I’m starting to think you don’t even take yourself seriously. Julio contract is guaranteed. There is zero chance he gets cut…🤦🏾‍♂️

  8. Pickgrin Says:

    Goatfarmer Says:
    “I doubt Julio makes the team”

    Um – Julio Jones has 6 million guaranteed reasons that he will not be cut. And the $4.3M signing bonus check already cleared….. SO…….

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Haven’t heard much Julio stuff in training camp wonder if he is paying the vet role until the season starts or is the tank
    Empty ?

  10. Mike pizzoli Says:

    Hey geno711 gronk tore his ACL/mcl in 2013 not 2014, gronk stayed mostly healthy throughout 2014 and New England beat Seattle in the super bowl that year

  11. SlyPirate Says:

    Without Godwin the Bucs are SEVERLY limited to just …

    Evans, Gage, Jones, Johnson, Grayson, Miller, Darden
    Rudolph, Brate
    4Net, Bernard, White

  12. Smashsquatch Says:

    Hiding him on IR to start the season makes a ton of sense. He can continue to rehab and build strength & confidence. His legs stay fresh for the long haul, and it allows the Bucs to carry an extra WR while guarding against an early season injury.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Slypirate, you forgot Otten. Word is that he has been progressively looking better and that he and Brady are quickly developing chemistry!

  14. Eddie Marz Says:

    I trust Bowles do what he thinks is right. He knows what he’s doing. GOBUCS!