Tampa Bay Buccaneers star receiver Chris Godwin was not 100% during the 2022 NFL season. Godwin suffered a severe knee injury to end his 2021 season. The fact that he was “ready” for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys was remarkable.
Godwin was obviously not 100% for that game or for the majority of the season to follow. This is just a testament to his commitment, work ethic and overall character.
With all of that said, Godwin still managed 1,023 yards on 104 receptions. He added three touchdowns to those stats for an impressive season in 2022. Godwin has been in attendance at the team’s voluntary OTAs.
During these OTAs, via pewterreport.com Godwin spoke to the media about his health and how he’s feeling heading into the 2023 NFL season.
“All this time last year, I was inside doing rehab on my own. Those were very long days and you kind of watch out the window. It’s like you’re a kid that got in trouble and you’re watching all your friends outside, playing and having fun. To be out here now, it’s a blessing. It was a lot of hard work. I’m feeling really good. I feel really good with where I’m at. It’s a fresh year [with] fresh opportunities for myself and all the guys around.”
Godwin continued about the difference between this year and last year.
“It’s a night and day difference. I feel like a lot of my explosion is coming back. I feel very comfortable with the things that I’m working on. It feels really good to be able to have the opportunity to work on my skill development this offseason, as opposed to just working to rehab an injury.”
Godwin’s confidence is valid and due in part to his work ethic and drive. Look for Godwin to have a great season in 2023 regardless of who’s throwing the ball for the Buccaneers.