The emergence of second-year wide receiver Chris Godwin was one of the hottest and most discussed topics around the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this preseason. His great work ethic and stellar performances in practice and training camp caused many people to believe he will take DeSean Jackson’s spot as the number 2 wide receiver behind Mike Evans. That has not happened… yet. However, DeSean Jackson does not make it easy on Godwin, as he had a career game with five catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns. On the other hand, Jackson was plagued by multiple injuries throughout the game and even suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter. If Jackson has to sit out or is limited because of this issue, Godwin’s role will automatically increase.
Godwin did have a very solid first game of the 2018 campaign himself, catching 3 of his 4 targets for a total of 41 yards and a touchdown in a spectacular game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, particularly on offense. Among those three catches of Godwin’s was one incredible one-handed grab, where he leaped forward and hauled it in for a first down.
Apparently, the hype around Chris Godwin earlier this year was not a fluke. If he keeps playing like he has been, it is obvious that his snap count will drastically increase.