Chris Godwin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #12
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Chris Godwin News

No practice Tuesday

Godwin (undisclosed) did not participate in Tuesday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Laine adds that Godwin looked very good over the first two days of camp, so physical injury doesn't appear to be an obvious explanation for Tuesday's absence. However, the fifth-year wideout isn't dealing with any COVID-related issues, either, as Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times relayed that Godwin was present as an observer but without a helmet.

Jul 27, 2021 10:36 PM EST

No deal before deadline

Godwin and the Buccaneers were unable to reach agreement on a long-term contract before Thursday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Panthers OT Taylor Moton was the only franchise-tagged player to sign a long-term contract in the days/hours leading up to the deadline. The Bucs reportedly intend to continue negotiations with Godwin next offseason, but he'll first play out 2021 under a franchise tender for $15.98 million. While the Bucs have a deep group of pass catchers, Godwin and Mike Evans both figure to see at least seven or eight targets per game from QB Tom Brady.

Jul 15, 2021 1:08 PM EST

Working toward long-term deal

Godwin and the Buccaneers will continue discussions Wednesday, hoping to reach agreement on a long-term contract before Thursday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for franchise-tagged players, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: If no deal gets done, Godwin will be locked in for a $15.98 million franchise tender. The Bucs already have a host of veteran players on expensive contracts, but given that most of those expire after 2021 or 2022, it's easy enough to make room for Godwin if they back-load cap hits on his long-term deal. The 25-year-old wide receiver played 12 games in the regular season and four more in the playoffs last year, catching 81 of 116 targets for 1,072 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 appearances overall. The Bucs have a similarly impressive roster this year -- including excellent depth at wide receiver -- so while Godwin should remain efficient, his volume may not return to the 2019 level (121 targets in 14 games, 8.6 average).

Jul 14, 2021 8:30 AM EST

Signs franchise tender

Godwin signed his franchise tender Wednesday morning, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: This means Godwin is officially under contract and can be fined if he holds out from training camp or games. In other words, the wideout knows it won't come down to that, figuring he'll sign a long-term contract or else play out 2021 under a franchise tag for $15.9 million. The second option typically would be undesirable for a player of Godwin's caliber, but it makes more some sense this offseason, with the wideout coming off an injury-marred campaign and the market for free agents impacted by the salary cap dip.

Mar 18, 2021 7:28 AM EST

Receives franchise tag

Godwin is getting a franchise tag, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Godwin has already acknowledged this possibility and stated that he'll play out 2021 under the franchise tag if he doesn't get a new contract. Both parties likely prefer a long-term agreement, but that it doesn't necessarily mean it will be easy to agree on specifics before the negotiation deadline, which usually is set at July 15. Either way, Godwin won't be a free agent this offseason.

Mar 9, 2021 8:31 AM EST

Would play on franchise tag

Godwin recently indicated he'd be willing to play the 2021 season under the franchise tag if necessary, which seems to be "where things are headed" between him and the Buccaneers, Jenna Laine of reports.

Analysis: The fifth-year veteran would earn a salary in the neighborhood of $16.5 million for 2021 if he ultimately played under the tag, a figure that undoubtedly helps make the situation palatable as a trade-off for the longer-term security of a multi-year deal. In Godwin's case, Laine notes the plan is to keep the Penn State product on the roster for many seasons into the future anyhow, so the 25-year-old seems to have little exposure if he does operate under a one-year deal this coming season. Further clarity on Godwin's 2021 contract situation will be gleaned in coming days, as the deadline for teams to apply the franchise tag for next season is Tuesday.

Mar 3, 2021 12:05 PM EST

Pair of grabs in Super Bowl LV win

Godwin secured two of four targets for nine yards during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday.

Analysis: Godwin had a disappointing conclusion to his 2020 season and postseason from an individual perspective, but the fourth-year wideout undeniably played a pivotal role in the team's championship run. Godwin secured 65 of 84 targets for 840 yards and seven touchdowns over 12 games, quickly developing rapport with Tom Brady and also generating a 5-110 line during the NFC Championship Game win over the Packers. However, the Penn State product is a pending unrestricted free agent, and his 2021 status will undoubtedly be the subject of heavy scrutiny in coming weeks ahead of the start of the new league year in March.

Feb 7, 2021 8:43 PM EST

Paces receivers in championship win

Godwin secured five of nine targets for 110 yards and rushed once for six yards in the Buccaneers' 31-26 win over the Packers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Analysis: Godwin's receptions, receiving yards and targets paced the Buccaneers on the afternoon, and his one carry, which came on third down with 48 seconds remaining, ensured Tampa Bay would become the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium. The fourth-year wideout also had a team-high 52-yard grab early in the second quarter a play prior Leonard Fournette's 20-yard touchdown rush that opened the scoring for Tampa Bay, and he made a clutch 11-yard grab on a key fourth-quarter drive that culminated in a Ryan Succop field goal which extended the lead back to eight points. Godwin certainly did his part to step up in the absence of Antonio Brown (knee), and he'll look to once again play a prominent role irrespective of his teammate's availability in Super Bowl LV on Sunday, Feb. 7.

Jan 24, 2021 3:43 PM EST

Good to go

Godwin (quadriceps) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Green Bay, Jenna Laine of reports.

Analysis: Godwin, Mike Evans and Antonio Brown (knee) were all listed on the injury report this week, but only Brown (ruled out) has a designation for the NFC Championship Game. The Bucs have Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson on hand for WR depth behind the formidable duo of Godwin and Evans.

Jan 22, 2021 1:30 PM EST

Gets in limited work

Godwin (quadriceps) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Like Mike Evans (knee), Godwin's practice reps are being managed this week with an eye toward being cleared for Sunday's NFC Championship Game in Green Bay. The Buccaneers may make such a decision evident upon the release of Friday's injury report.

Jan 21, 2021 1:22 PM EST

Logs limited practice listing

Godwin (hip/quad) was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice estimate.

Analysis: As was fellow wide receiver Mike Evans (knee), but it's quite plausible that the duo's listed limitations are simply indicative of rep management. Both players were listed as limited last Wednesday as well before finishing up the practice week in advance of the team's divisional-round win over the Saints minus injury designations.

Jan 20, 2021 2:19 PM EST

Four grabs in divisional-round win

Godwin brought in four of seven targets for 34 yards in the Buccaneers' 30-20 divisional-round win over the Saints on Sunday.

Analysis: It was a relatively quiet day for the Buccaneers' air attack, which had been hitting on all cylinders in the latter stages of the regular season and in last week's wild-card win over Washington. Therefore, Godwin's catch total actually tied for second highest on the evening for Tampa Bay, but his yardage tally served as his lowest since Week 14 and his second lowest of the regular season and postseason overall. Godwin will hope to bounce back in nex Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Packers in Lambeau Field, although weather conditions could certainly make it an uphill battle for the passing game.

Jan 17, 2021 7:33 PM EST

Ready to take on Saints

Godwin (hip/quadriceps) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's NFC divisional-round matchup against the Saints.

Analysis: Godwin had his practice reps managed due to a pair of injuries this week, beginning with two limited sessions and then sitting out entirely Friday, but there's no reason to believe he'll deal with any significant limitations Sunday. With Mike Evans (knee) also having been cleared to suit up in New Orleans, the Buccaneers' receiving corps will be at full strength.

Jan 15, 2021 1:03 PM EST

Limited in practice Thursday

Godwin (hip/quadriceps) was a limited practice participant Thursday, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.

Analysis: With no indication either of his injuries is serious, Godwin should be ready for Sunday's game in New Orleans. The Saints limited him to nine catches for 120 yards on 13 targets in two regular-season matchups, but Godwin enters Sunday with a four-game TD streak.

Jan 14, 2021 1:45 PM EST

Logs limited showing Wednesday

Godwin (hip/quad) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Bogged down by injuries during the first half of the season, Godwin has been in a groove of late, scoring TDs in four consecutive contests. During that stretch, he's compiled a 19-332-5 line on 33 targets. Godwin is tending to a pair of issues this week, but the fact he got in some reps on the field Wednesday likely indicates he's trending in the right direction. Ultimately, Friday's practice report may clear up his status entirely for Sunday's divisional-round game at New Orleans.

Jan 13, 2021 1:34 PM EST

Finds end zone in win

Godwin brought in five of 12 targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 31-23 wild-card win over Washington on Saturday night.

Analysis: As the pedestrian catch rate implies, Godwin had some uncharacteristic struggles with drops Saturday, but he worked around them enough to still turn in a solid line fantasy-wise. His longest catch of the night resulted in a touchdown, with Godwin recording a 27-yard scoring grab early in the second quarter to extend Tampa Bay's lead to 15-7 at the time. Godwin will look to continue to clean up the shaky hands and up his efficiency in a divisional-round matchup next weekend.

Jan 9, 2021 9:14 PM EST

Makes most of five catches

Godwin brought in five of seven targets for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 44-27 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: With fellow wideout Mike Evans going down for good in the first quarter with a knee injury, Godwin and Antonio Brown (14 targets) were the beneficiaries of some extra attention from Tom Brady. Godwin ultimately recorded six fewer catches than his speedy teammate, but he compiled just five fewer yards thanks in large part to a game-high 47-yard reception. The 26.6 yards per grab Godwin put up was easily a season high, and he's now tallied four touchdowns in the last three games. Jenna Laine of reports Evans will soon undergo an MRI, so whether Godwin may have to operate as the de facto No. 1 receiver in a first-round playoff game against either the Giants or Washington next weekend.

Jan 3, 2021 1:36 PM EST

Another touchdown grab in win

Godwin secured five of nine targets for 84 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 47-7 win over the Lions on Saturday.

Analysis: Godwin got in on the fun during the Tom Brady's and the Buccaneers record-setting first half, recording a seven-yard touchdown grab in the latter portion of the second quarter. The fourth-year wideout was second in receptions, receiving yards and targets to Mike Evans, and the 24-year-old has now scored in three of his last five contests. Godwin will look to put together a strong finish to his regular season and tune up for a postseason where he'll undoubtedly be expected to play a major role in a Week 17 divisional battle versus the Falcons.

Dec 26, 2020 1:15 PM EST

Finds end zone in win

Godwin secured four of five targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 31-27 win over the Falcons on Sunday. He also committed a fumble but it was recovered by the Bucs.

Analysis: Godwin took a back seat to fellow wideouts Mike Evans and Antonio Brown in the passing game hierarchy, with the duo seeing a combined 14 targets and parlaying them into an 11-203-1 line. Godwin's production was meager by comparison, but his four-yard touchdown grab late in the third quarter boosted his day from a fantasy perspective. The fourth-year pro has just 61 total yards over his last two games, so he'll look to up his numbers at the expense of the vulnerable Lions secondary in a Week 16 Saturday afternoon matchup.

Dec 20, 2020 2:29 PM EST

Quiet day in win

Godwin secured two of three targets for 25 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-14 win over the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: Godwin was able to suit up for his first game since having the pins in his surgically repaired index finger, but he played a very minor role on a day when Tom Brady put the ball up a season-low 23 times. The Penn State product's catch and yardage tallies were season-low figures, but he'll look to revert to his usual numbers in a favorable Week 15 road divisional matchup against the Falcons.

Dec 13, 2020 2:33 PM EST

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