Fitting Chris Godwin Into New Offense

May 9th, 2023

Future at slot?

For Joe, this is going to be interesting to watch.

In his first NFL years, Chris Godwin was a pretty good wide receiver. Not great. Not yet a Pro Bowler. But dangerously good.

Then along came Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians. Having a knack for moving wide receivers to slot and seeing them blow up, Arians, who loves his slot receivers to block, moved Godwin from the outside to slot. Godwin not only blocked well, he kicked tail in the passing game.

In two of Godwin’s three years with Arians, he racked up over 1,000 yards receiving. He did the same last year under failed offensive coordinator SpongeBob, too.

Now, what will new offensive coordinator Dave Canales do with Godwin?

This subject crossed Joe’s mind while reading a piece typed of Eric Edholm of breaking down last month’s draft. In analyzing Bucs’ sixth-round pick, Nebraska receiver Trey Palmer, Edholm noted Palmer might be a dangerous slot receiver.

Joe thought, “Well, that’s not going to happen. Chris Godwin is the slot” — then Joe realized, Arians and SpongeBob are gone. There’s a new coordinator in town who doesn’t run the No-Risk-It; No-Biscuit offense.

So will Canales move Godwin back outside, where he didn’t have his best production? Or will Canales, seeing that Godwin shines as a slot receiver, admit, yeah, Godwin is more dangerous at slot?

24 Responses to “Fitting Chris Godwin Into New Offense”

  1. ATLBuc Says:

    He has to stay in the slot, Joe. He too good a blocker to move outside.

  2. Leopold Stotch Says:

    Not to mention, if Palmer is the burner, you could put him on the outside for a Go route or Post or something, akin to Scotty.

  3. Hail2dabucs Says:

    Dave saw first hand in Seattle what 2 very good wr’s can do and I figure he is jumping up and down now that cg14 & me13 are his to get the ball 2 . Pound the rock & let those wr’s eat !!!! I’m just excited 2 see what a real play caller can do with them since last year we were stuck with leftnutt. The only problem we will have as fans is yelling at the TV when faker baker completely misses wide as open passes .

  4. Lt. Dan Says:

    Godwin is Hines Ward 2.0. Leave him in the slot.

  5. Tiny Dungy Says:

    If Chris returns to the slot, it would be good to have another tall wr across the field from Mike Evans.

    What FA are left? Perrinan?

  6. Jeff Says:

    Godwin lost his speed. Now he’s slow and plodding like Evans. Bucs probably have the worst WR duo in the division and possibly the conference.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    How about Cody Mauch for the slot….he was a HS TE & set a TD record…..(sarcasm)……of course you leave Godwin there….

  8. Goatfarmer Says:

    Evans is also good in the slot, as is Gage.

    A competent OC would move them around, change it up, force the defense to change up their plans. The predictability of the boob Leftwurst was criminal.

  9. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Jeff put the meth pipe down. Your statement is so far off it’s borderline hilarious. Bucs have the best duo in football. CG was coming off acl surgery as the season progressed we all saw except you that CG got better n better as he got back to 100 percent. ME still got over 1000 yards for the 9th straight year.

  10. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Canales will be much more creative than Leftwich.

  11. Bosch Says:

    Hey Jeff. Anybody can spew nonsense but that doesn’t make it so. Can you back it up? I don’t think you can. Saying Godwin is slow is like saying You IRC’s can’t block.

  12. Bosch Says:

    Like saying Wirfs can’t block.

  13. Pete Says:

    Hopefully we’ll have a healthy Russell Gage this year. Otten was coming along nicely too. If he continues to improve and Gage is healthy, we’ll be in good shape in the passing game.

  14. K2 Says:

    Chris is the most flexible receiver on the Bucs roster. He can play slot, outside, screen, and is great at yards after the catch. He will be awesome!

  15. Craig Says:

    Godwin will fit into any offense that has a scheme that lets him get open.

    Between him and Evans is is hard for an opposing team to keep up double teams. With a fast guy or two to pull off the safeties it will be easy to keep moving the chains.

    Scoring points might even work.

  16. Larrd Says:

    I am more excited about Rakim Jarrett than the wideout they drafted, for some reason.

  17. sasquatch Says:

    This question was already answered in Canales’ introductory press conference. He said Godwin will move around depending on the situation. Keep up!

  18. Dooley Says:


    Jarrett is a pretty solid WR, we brought Jarreth Sterns back on top of the of the other 4 UDFAs we brought in at WR. Rookie camp should be an interesting follow this season.

  19. All_da_way Says:

    This offense is going to feature a lot of motion and Godwin is going to have a monster year because of it.

  20. Mike C Says:

    Ahhhh messed up Jeff, to obvious on the trolling, nice try though.

  21. Mike S Says:

    I am going to make it my mission in life to troll you Trask haters for years and years

  22. ScottyMack Says:

    Why do people think there is only one x , one y and one z receiver on a team. The way the NFL is played these days, you need multiple receivers to cover all three positions. Players are subbed in and out every 2-3 plays (or any time someone has to go long). Godwin’s roe will not change. It might be nice to have someone take his place when he’s winded, though!

  23. Goatfarmer Says:

    No one hates Trask. Except maybe the coaching staff and Bucs management and ownership after evaluating him for two years. None of us have seen him, except for when we have, and he sucked. But the Joy Trask Club refuse to believe that any fair evaluation has ever occurred because they never see him with their own eyes.

    And there’s been a very good reason for that.

    Carry on.

  24. garro Says:

    Um If it aint broke dont fix it.
    But it will be interesting to see how they use the new kid. If he makes the roster.
    I think he will see more action on go routes and end arounds. Maybe an occasional screen. If we can do it without telegraphing it to the entire NFL like last couple of years. LOL