Chris Godwin was drafted by the Buccaneers in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft, many scrutinized this selection, but that scrutiny would soon turn into praise. During his rookie campaign, he filled the 4th receiver role, but that too soon changed. Despite starting in only two games that year, Godwin still saw action in 16 games and quickly began showing signs that the 84th overall selection could become a star. Targeted 55 times and catching 34 passes for 525 yards and just 1 touchdown, Godwin put together a pretty strong rookie season, considering the Buccaneers already had a pair of star veteran receivers in Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. It is also impressive. considering that the Buccaneers highly utilized their third receiver, Adam Humphries, that Godwin was able to showcase his route running and catching abilities that way he had done.
Fans took notice, and the chatter began immediately.
As the 2018 season was rolling around, fans were already beginning to become star-struck with Chris Godwin, and he was becoming a household name. The outcry for the Buccaneers to get rid of DeSean Jackson in favor of Godwin at the number two spot was in full-force, and why not? It wasn’t like Jackson was working out. Yeah, those first three games of the 2018 season were nice; FitzMAgic hitting Jackson deep and lighting up the scoreboards, but Godwin lay in wait and Godwin cometh. He caught three TD passes, ironically, the same amount of touchdowns DeSean Jackson received in those first three games. Godwin was on a roll. Godwin shined in 2018, catching 59 passes for 842 yards and 7 touchdowns ending the discussion of who was the better fit at #2.
The Buccaneers traded away DeSean Jackson due to one part: Jackson didn’t want to be here and one part: Godwin was on the rise.
Although wide receiver Chris Godwin is listed as #2 on the depth chart, he ranks #1 in two very important categories: Touchdowns and Receiving Yards. In just six games, Godwin is already closing in on last year’s totals. He also ranks #3 in receptions, 8th in yards after the catch, and has seen the same amount of targets as Mike Evans (55) through those six weeks. Godwin is on pace for a career year. Not having seen the 1,000-yard mark in his career, unlike his counterpart Mike Evans, who has seen that mark every season of his career, Godwin is just 338 yards shy of achieving the Millennium Mark.
Suffice it to say, Godwin is rising to the occasion and is certainly master of his own destiny.