Buccaneers’ Godwin Could Return Sooner Than Later


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have 100 days until their season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. One of the major concerns this offseason has been when will wide receiver Chris Godwin be ready to play.

Chris Godwin recently signed a three-year $60 million contract. Back in early May Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles talked about Godwin’s status.

“When he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go. We don’t put a timetable on it,” Bowles stated at Buccaneers minicamp Tuesday. “He’s coming along. Obviously, he’s better than where he was. But, he’s not where he needs to be. He’s coming along – he works hard.”

Now we fast-forward to present day and we were wondering if Godwin’s status has changed. Thankfully the guys over at Pewter Report recently had Buccaneers wide receiver Cyril Grayson on their podcast. During the podcast Grayson was asked which one of hos teammates might surprise us this year. Grayson’s response was a bit of a surprise.


“I think Chris is going to surprise people,” Grayson stated. “I think he’s going to be back sooner than everybody thinks. I’ll say that. I’ve been seeing him sometimes,” Grayson continued. “I heard he ran 19 miles per hour the other day.”

The recovery process from multiple torn knee ligaments is typically 9-12 months. But Godwin has been progressing well in rehab and as Grayson said he may surprise a lot of people in how early he returns.

This is not to say the Bucs won’t miss Godwin’s services for whateveramount he does miss. Via CBS Sports, Godwin has been one of the best slot receivers in the league since 2019. Since 2019, Godwin has missed nine games but still posted 53 receptions of 20-plus yards as well as 152 receptions. Last season Godwin appeared in 14 games posting 1,103 yards on 98 receptions and five touchdowns.

The Buccaneers still have Mike Evans, Russell Gage, Cyril Grayson, Breshad Perriman and Tyler Johnson to lean on in Godwin’s absence. We all know Evans will do what Evans always does. This means one of the aforementioned receivers will have to step up to fill the void.

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