The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one of the best wide receiver tandems in the league. When Mike Evans is your number one you don’t necessarily expect your number two to put up Pro-Bow type numbers. But most teams don’t have Chris Godwin as their second receiver.
Stepping Into the Spotlight
Chris Godwin had a breakout season in 2019. Posting gaudy numbers for a number two receiver and continuing to increase his production each year he’s been in the league. Missing the final two weeks of the regular season and still being named to the Pro Bowl and Second-Team All-Pro honors isn’t something you see every day.
But Wait There’s More
Pro Football Focus doesn’t buy Godwin being the second best receiver on the Buccaneers, they insist he’s the best wide receiver in the entire league.
“Godwin was every bit the best receiver in football, despite missing the final two games with an injury. He still finished second in total yards after catch and third in yards after the catch per reception among qualified receivers, as he was the only receiver with over 100 targets to also average 6.5 YAC/reception. Separating him further from the rest of the league’s receivers, Godwin’s safe hands saw him drop just one of the 87 catchable passes thrown his way, and his drop rate of 1.1% stood as the second-best mark among 69 receivers who saw at least 35 targeted passes.”
With Godwin, it isnt just the yards, touchdowns or even yards after the catch. It’s also the little things he does. It’s his prowess as a blocker, his habit of working back to the ball and the fact that he always fights for the extra yards. All those attributes combined with his statistics make Godwin not only the best receiver in the league but also the most complete.
Godwin is heading into his fourth season and if his past three seasons are any indication, Godwin may be set up to have not just a record breaking year for a Buccaneers wide receiver, but a year that may put him in the NFL record books.
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