Godwin, who played 60 percent of his snaps in the slot in 2022, is expected to see a lot more work on the outside next season, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Smith adds that when factoring in formations when Godwin lined up tight with the offensive line or in the backfield, the veteran wideout was on the outside for just 27 percent of his 834 snaps from scrimmage. Godwin's production certainly wasn't any worse for wear -- he recorded a career-high 104 receptions and posted his third career 1,000-yard season in the process -- but he also took plenty of contact in close quarters and averaged a career-low 7.2 yards per target and 9.8 yards per reception. Therefore, new offensive coordinator Dave Canales and new wide receivers coach Brad Idzik plan to incorporate some of the methods they utilized with DK Metcalf in Seattle and give Godwin's body more frequent breaks from the slot while also capitalizing on his still-viable downfield speed. "Chris still has that ability to win outside, so we don't need him banging every play," Idzik said. "And when we ask him to do it, he'll do it, willingly, and we love that about him. But we do want to preserve him, too."
May 10, 2023 8:35 PM EST
Godwin brought in six of seven targets for 55 yards in the Buccaneers' 30-17 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. He also lost a fumble.
Analysis: Godwin paced the Buccaneers in receptions and receiving yards while checking in second in targets on a day when the starters only played for a portion of the first half. That allotment of playing time was enough for Godwin to post another solid performance, with Mike Evans' early exit due to an illness also helping the cause for more targets. Godwin will head into next weekend's wild-card home playoff matchup having posted at least six grabs in all but two of 14 regular-season contests.
Jan 8, 2023 1:42 PM EST
Godwin secured all nine targets for 120 yards and recorded a two-point conversion catch in the Buccaneers' 30-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: Were it not for the exploits of position mate Mike Evans, Godwin's performance would have been the talk of the afternoon for the Buccaneers. The trusted target checked in second across the stat sheet to Evans, and his two-point grab after Evans' third touchdown reception gave Tampa Bay a key three-point lead at the time. Godwin has at least eight catches in five of the last six games, while his yardage total was his highest of the season and leaves him just 32 yards short of the third 1,000-yard campaign of his career going into a Week 18 road matchup against the Falcons.
Jan 1, 2023 2:16 PM EST
Godwin secured eight of 10 targets for 63 yards in the Buccaneers' 19-16 overtime win over the Cardinals on Sunday night.
Analysis: Godwin led the Buccaneers wideouts in receptions and checked in third overall in receiving yards while tying Leonard Fournette for the team lead in targets. The sixth-year wideout has now logged double-digit looks in the passing game in three of the past five contests and has at least eight receptions in four of those games, making him a highly valuable PPR asset going into a Week 17 divisional clash against the Panthers that could decide the NFC South crown.
Dec 25, 2022 10:11 PM EST
Godwin corralled all eight of his targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-23 loss to the Bengals.
Analysis: Godwin was able to convert all of his targets into receptions for the third time this year, boosting his season catch rate to a solid 70 percent in the process. It was just the 26-year-old's third touchdown of 2022, as the Bucs have struggled as a unit in the red zone. Godwin will look to build off of this strong performance with a plus matchup looming against the Cardinals on Sunday.
Dec 18, 2022 6:51 PM EST
Godwin caught five of nine targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 35-7 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: On a rough day for the Tampa Bay offense, Godwin led the team in receiving yards, although most of it came on a 32-yard grab late in the second quarter. It's his fourth straight game with at least 50 yards, eighth straight with at least eight targets and 10th straight with at least five catches, giving him a reliable floor heading into a Week 15 clash with the Bengals.
Dec 11, 2022 7:07 PM EST
Godwin brought in eight of 13 targets for 63 yards in the Buccaneers' 17-16 win over the Saints on Monday night.
Analysis: Godwin paced the Buccaneers in receptions, receiving yards and targets on the night, serving as the workhorse of the pass-catching crew yet again. The veteran wideout recorded his final three catches of the night on Tampa Bay's last two drives, and he actually had a five-yard touchdown grab with 19 seconds remaining erased by a holding call on Donovan Smith. Godwin now has six double-digit targets tallies in the last seven games, and he should be in line for another very busy afternoon against a talented but beatable 49ers secondary in a Week 14 road matchup.
Dec 5, 2022 8:41 PM EST
Godwin secured 12 of 13 targets for 110 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 23-17 overtime loss to the Browns on Sunday.
Analysis: Godwin comfortably paced the Buccaneers in receptions, receiving yards and targets while also securing the only touchdown among the team's wideouts. Godwin's score came from 10 yards out in the first quarter, his second trip to the end zone in as many games after not recording any in the first seven contests of the campaign. Godwin has no fewer than six receptions in any game since Week 1, giving him a very safe fantasy floor ahead of a Week 13 Monday night divisional clash against the Saints.
Nov 27, 2022 2:26 PM EST
Godwin recorded six receptions on eight targets for 71 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 21-16 win over the Seahawks.
Analysis: Godwin managed at least six receptions for the seventh consecutive game, though he showcased some more big-play ability. He caught what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown from four yards away early in the fourth quarter -- also his first of the season. In addition to the score, Godwin accounted for three of the Buccaneers' 10 longest plays from scrimmage, highlighted by gains of 19, 18 and 13 yards. With the performance, he's also topped 70 receiving yards in three of his last five games.
Nov 13, 2022 12:36 PM EST
Godwin caught seven of 10 targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 16-13 win over the Rams.
Analysis: The sixth-year wideout has seen double-digit targets in four straight games and five of the last six, but despite that volume he has yet to reach 100 receiving yards in a game or score a TD. Godwin could be due to break out in a Week 10 clash with the Seahawks in Germany.
Nov 6, 2022 7:20 PM EST
Godwin secured six of 11 targets for 75 yards in the Buccaneers' 27-22 loss to the Ravens on Thursday night.
Analysis: Godwin shared the lead in receptions and targets with Mike Evans, and he also had the second-longest catch of the night on a 44-yard grab that was just behind his teammate's 51-yard catch. The veteran has no fewer than six catches in five consecutive games, giving him a solid fantasy floor heading into a Week 9 road matchup versus the Rams a week from Sunday.
Oct 27, 2022 8:55 PM EST
Godwin brought in seven of 13 targets for 43 yards and rushed once for two yards in the Buccaneers' 21-3 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: Godwin was second on the afternoon in receptions and targets for the Buccaneers but mostly limited to a short-area role, leading to his second-lowest yardage tally of the season. The veteran has compiled at least six grabs in four straight games, but he'll head into a Week 8 home showdown against the Ravens on Thursday night still searching for his 100-yard game of the season.
Oct 23, 2022 3:15 PM EST
Godwin secured six of 12 targets for 95 yards in the Buccaneers' 20-18 loss to the Steelers on Sunday.
Analysis: Godwin led the Bucs in receptions, receiving yards and targets on the afternoon, with the latter pair of tallies also qualifying as season highs. The veteran wideout has been very busy over the last three games after a quiet opener and a pair of absences in Weeks 2 and 3, posting a 19-215 line in that span. However, Godwin is still looking for both his first 100-yard game and touchdown, goals he'll look to accomplish in a Week 7 NFC South road battle against the Panthers.
Oct 16, 2022 3:08 PM EST
Godwin (hip/knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Godwin progressed from non-participation Wednesday to limited Thursday to full participation Friday. It's worth noting that his playing time was scaled way back last week after the Bucs jumped out to a 21-0 lead, with Scotty Miller getting more playing time than Godwin after halftime. A full workload is possible now that Godwin is further removed from both last year's ACL tear and his more recent hamstring injury, but there's also some change he's scaled back again, especially if the Bucs jump out to a big lead. He, Mike Evans and Russell Gage will be the top three wide receivers this week, while Julio Jones (knee) is listed as doubtful after missing three straight practice.
Oct 14, 2022 12:31 PM EST
Godwin (hip/knee) logged a veteran rest day Thursday.
Analysis: On Wednesday, Godwin added a hip issue to his list of health concerns this season, practicing on a limited basis. After Thursday's day off, he'll aim to do enough at Friday's session to be cleared for game action. Even if he enters the weekend with a designation, though, there hasn't been any inkling that his status is in danger for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh. As for the rest of the receiving corps, Julio Jones (knee) also didn't practice, Russell Gage (ankle) was limited, and Breshad Perriman (knee/hamstring) and Jaelon Darden (tooth) practiced in full Thursday, so the group as a whole seems to be a bit healthier than most weeks to date.
Oct 13, 2022 12:57 PM EST
Godwin (hip/knee) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.
Analysis: Previously, Godwin tended to hamstring and knee injuries this season, so the addition of a hip issue is a new reality for the sixth-year pro. The Buccaneers' receiving corps remains banged-up, as Julio Jones (knee), Russell Gage (ankle) and Jaelon Darden (tooth) all didn't practice Wednesday. Godwin has gutted through his health concerns the last two games en route to 14 touches for 122 yards from scrimmage, and he'll look to do the same Sunday at Pittsburgh, assuming he gains clearance to play.
Oct 12, 2022 1:32 PM EST
Godwin secured all six targets for 61 yards and rushed once for two yards in the Buccaneers' 21-15 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: Godwin tied for second in receptions and checked in third in receiving yards on the afternoon, and just as important, made it through a second consecutive game with his health intact. Godwin has been busy, albeit in a shorter-area role, over the last two games, leading to a 13-120 line on 16 targets. Godwin draws a favorable matchup against a vulnerable and injury-hampered Steelers secondary on the road in Week 6.
Oct 9, 2022 3:18 PM EST
Godwin (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Atlanta, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Neither does Russell Gage, who was listed as questionable with a hamstring injury for each of the team's first four games (playing in all four). Godwin, on the other hand, missed two games with a hamstring injury, returning Week 4 with a 7-59-0 receiving line on 10 targets and 83 percent of snaps in a 41-31 loss to the Chiefs. He could have a similar role this weekend against a Falcons defense that's cycled a few defensive backs through the slot this year while keeping starting CBs A.J. Terrell and Casey Heyward on the perimeter.
Oct 7, 2022 11:49 AM EST
Godwin (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.
Analysis: The Buccaneers' receiving corps continues to boast a handful of banged-up players, with all of Godwin, Julio Jones (knee), Russell Gage (hamstring) and Breshad Perriman (knee/hamstring) having a cap in their reps this week. With regard to Godwin, he's coming of a 7-59-0 performance on 10 targets in the team's Week 4 loss to the Chiefs, so he'd be in line for a large target share Sunday against the Falcons if he's available. Friday's injury report could clear up his status entering the weekend.
Oct 6, 2022 1:50 PM EST
Godwin (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Godwin sat out Weeks 2 and 3 due to a strained hamstring, only to return this past Sunday against the Chiefs. After hauling in seven of 10 targets for 59 yards in the 41-31 loss, he now is tending to a knee issue, which may be the same body part that endured a torn ACL last December. In any case, Godwin was joined by Julio Jones (knee), Russell Gage (hamstring) and Breshad Perriman (knee/hamstring) as limited participants Wednesday, so murkiness again surrounds the Bucs' receiving corps and who may be available on game day.
Oct 5, 2022 1:44 PM EST
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