Window Is Cracked Open For Chris Godwin And Donovan Smith

September 30th, 2022

Bucs coach Todd Bowles.

Bucs coach Todd Bowles cautioned folks not to hold their collective breath about a pair of stud starters possibly playing Sunday night against the Chiefs.

However, Bowles didn’t say, to quote the great American poet D.L. Roth, the pair are “Outta luck.”

Receiver Chris Godwin and left tackle Donovan Smith did practice this week. Bowles cautioned both were limited and he seemed very hesitant on their chances playing Sunday. But there is a chance, Bowles said, albeit slim.

“Those will be game-time decisions on Sunday, but they did do some [work with] limitations in practice,” Bowles said.

Bowles admitted Godwin or Smith would be a major benefit to the lineup.

“Any time you get your starters back you’ll be happy to have them back and have them healthy,” Bowles said. “So, we just want to make sure they’re all healthy when they come back.”

Well, at least Mike Evans will return after an overreaction of a one-game suspension.

Tom Brady seems to be OK with Brandon Walton starting at left tackle. Joe’s not suggesting the Bucs are better without Smith; don’t be ridiculous. But it seems the Bucs are able to survive.

The Bucs’ receiving corps simply cannot stay healthy and Evans back on the field is a major boost. Adding Godwin would be even better.

It’s getting to the point where Joe wonders, with Julio Jones always injured (surprise!) and Breshad Perriman constantly dinged, if Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht may start calling winless teams to see if they are willing to part with a receiver who can friggin’ stay on the field?

30 Responses to “Window Is Cracked Open For Chris Godwin And Donovan Smith”

  1. Casual Observer Says:

    Your last sentence asks a good question. Our WR core look as elite as any in NFL history. But they can’t get/stay healthy.

  2. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Why do you think Brady is ok with Walton? It’s not like he has a choice if Donnie is out lol. Josh Wells is out, and I have no idea who the fourth string tackle is on this team. Walton had a rough time against the Packers. Brady was pressured a lot in that game. He just got rid of the ball quickly.

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    Todd Bowles … ‘“So, we just want to make sure they’re all healthy when they come back.”

    Yea verily. Guys always want to get back on the field as quickly as possible, but the coaches have to be smart about it. Letting players get back in there prematurely only hurts the team in the long run.

  4. D-Rok Says:

    Hard to score points without point-scorers. Get healthy, WR room!!

  5. Hodad Says:

    Smith will be playing. Godwin, Jones?

  6. Marc Coppola Says:

    Is Antonion Bryant still available?

  7. Cobraboy Says:

    Brady is prolly OK with Walton because he’s not getting killed because of Walton.

    Smith back will be a blessing, and may help Goedeke…

    But those dang receivers are like blown glass Christmas ornaments: beautiful to look at, but fragile…

  8. Kidfloflo Says:

    Joe quoting the most interesting man in the world, Diamond Dave! Best post in awhile

  9. AbucAway Says:

    I’m really starting to feel badly for ol lefty. He ain’t got jack squat to work with. He can scheme anything until the chickens come home but without people on the field that are capable of playing professional football, it’s going to be a constant struggle for BL. I’d bet at times he’d rather be up in the booth with the bourbon brothers than on the sidelines trying to get these glass cannons and incompetents moving the ball.

  10. Mike Johnson Says:

    maybe I need eyeglasses. If I do, somebody tell me but..I saw Walton missing quite a few blocks out there against the pack. I don’t think he drastically improves against the Chiefs.

  11. Goatfarmer Says:

    Without Donnie the run blocking has suffered mightily, although that could also be due to Leftwurch’s predictable bland playcalling whereby the opposing D can send four guys to the prospective hole to plug the run.

  12. Bojim Says:

    I’d rather Godwin not play. Limited practices does not sound good.

  13. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @Cobraboy. Smith cannot Goedke from being mauled at the line. Donnie and Ali were great with communication, and Ali actually helped Donnie out. Walton would be an absolute disaster against the Chiefs. Walton didn’t get Brady killed because he was getting the ball out in two seconds. Brady helps his tackles out a lot , but he can only do so much with guys like Walton.

  14. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    From D. L. Roth’s “Dead or Alive” compilation!

  15. Mort Says:

    Remember that time they cut Tyler Johnson? Pepperidge farm remembers.

  16. Zwak Says:

    I’d rather rest them an take a loss, we need them at the end of the season in my opinion..

  17. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Whenever Chris comes back, for how long?
    Every year he misses multiple games.
    Hope all goes well, but how long until the next injury that causes games missed?
    The returns of the new contract for Chris are like the previous returns, Injuries that keep him on the sideline.

    They gambled on Hicks, and it was 1.5 games until his body betrayed him and he becomes a spectator for however many games.
    When Hicks comes back, how many games until Hicks is back on the sideline?

    So we will Chris ever really live up to his potential, maybe yes maybe no.

    All the more it shows how good and valuable Mike Evans really is.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  18. captivajim Says:

    Both Smith & especially Godwin should not play.. when will coaches learn not to put guys back early ??

  19. TAMPA BAY DEMON™ Says:

    Marc Coppola Says:
    “Is Antonio Bryant still available?”

    Antonio Bryant has been retired for 13 years and last played for the BUCS in 2009.

  20. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    How does anybody on JBF really know what condition any of these players are in……we have to go by Bowles’ information and that is always non-committal.

  21. Outsider Says:

    Youngbucs stop with that Rojo nonsense LOL. He had more than enough time to keep the job but he didn’t. Now he can’t even beat out rookies on his new team LMAO

  22. Buccos Says:

    Walton has filled in admirably. I haven’t noticed any real drop off from Durable Donny and he is better than Wells if you ask me. I think we have found a way to save a lot of cap space next year. Goodbye Donny, hello Walton

  23. Redeemer Says:

    Rest Godwin at least another week. That would put him on the IR schedule where he belonged in the first place. I’d like to know the dumbass that allowed him to play week one in the first place. I’m sure he was medically cleared and all that, but it was incredibly shortsighted.

  24. Crickett Baker Says:

    Leftwith almost nothin’. Hope it changes. GO BUCS!

  25. garro Says:

    Tom Brady seems to be OK with Brandon Walton starting at left tackle.

    LOL …. Joe, Define ok… I think Brady would love to get to his second read With a better left tackle, and not have to go to his hot or to have to force the ball to a guy who is not really open. Walton has done better than anyone expected but come on man 🙂

  26. teacherman777 Says:

    Duane Brown, a pro bowler last season, is on the market.

    Eric Fisher, who has played LT and RT, is on the market.

    The pocket around Tom Brady is collapsing fast this year.

    The last two years, the pocket barely ever collapsed.

    Tom is feeling the heat on every passing play.

    We need offensive line help. Immediately.

    If we want to win the Super Bowl.

    Because Tom cannot last an entire season with this O-line

  27. Jordan Says:

    Godwin should’ve never played week 1 – was wearing a pretty heavy brace during training camp. And then maybe not week 2 after that either.

    Bucs are very different from Packers in how they manage injured players

    Cole Beasley was a nice signing. Gronk would be really nice. Time for Scotty Miller to go. Still think Darden is going to improve throughout year. He looks significantly better.

  28. BillyBucco Says:

    Dardens route was really good but it required time to throw.
    That’s the problem with most of the backups.

    And also the one thing we can’t afford this year.

  29. Will Says:

    It’s HILARIOUS that people are saying rest Godwin in this post but in so many others people are begging for us to sign OBJ… Why so we as fans can say, “if our WRs ever get healthy it’ll be scary.” We need to find some young talent for the future and no Tyler Johnson isn’t the answer the guy can’t even make the active roster for Houston. Smh

  30. Pryda...Sec147 Says:

    Big big mistake letting Tyler Johnson slip away ….