Godwin is nursing a toe injury and was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice. Though Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson rank as the Buccaneers' top receiving threats, the incredible, efficient play of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick through the team's first two games has left enough room for Godwin to carve out fantasy utility. The second-year wideout has scored a touchdown in both contests while hauling in eight of 10 targets for 97 yards. It appears Godwin may have hurt his toe in the Week 2 win over the Eagles, but the fact that he's on the practice field to begin the current week bodes well for his odds of playing Monday against the Steelers.
Godwin brought in five of six targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 27-21 win over the Eagles on Sunday. Godwin was one of four Buccaneers pass catchers to benefit from another prolific effort from Ryan Fitzpatrick. The second-year receiver now has a pair of touchdowns over his first two games and has hauled in 80 percent of his 10 targets in a secondary role behind starters Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. Godwin encouragingly played the same 29 snaps that fellow wideout Adam Humphries did, so as expected, Godwin is essentially serving as the co-No. 3 wideout to open the campaign.
Godwin brought in three of four targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 48-40 win over the Saints on Sunday. He also fumbled once but recovered. The highly anticipated kickoff to the talented second-year receiver's campaign went relatively well, although he checked in fourth in targets on the team behind Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson (concussion) and Adam Humphries. Godwin is expected to see a sizable increase in his role during the 2018 season, but Sunday's volume approximated what he saw on an average non-starting week during his rookie campaign. However, with Jackson now officially in the league's concussion protocol, Godwin could be in line for a starting opportunity against the Eagles in Week 2 at a minimum.
Godwin and DeSean Jackson are both listed as starting options at wide receiver opposite Mike Evans on the Buccaneers' initial regular-season depth chart, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. The second-year wideout has had no shortage of positive press all summer, drawing raves for both his standout practices and productive preseason performances. Early in training camp, head coach Dirk Koetter had remarked that the team viewed Godwin as a starter, although at the time his comments could have easily been interpreted to mean that the Penn State product had the talent to thrive in that role if called upon. There's apparently a deeper meaning to Koetter's words based on the Bucs' first depth chart, although how it all translates to the field remains to be seen. Tampa opens its season with a road tilt Sunday against the Saints.
Godwin caught each of his three targets for 27 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Lions. DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans were the starters, but Godwin and Adam Humphries also got plenty of run early in the contest, with the second-year pro drawing all his targets before halftime. Although volume remains a concern, Godwin has lived up to the hype this preseason with seven catches for 55 yards and two touchdowns on nine targets. He probably won't play a ton of snaps early in the season, but he should get high-value opportunities on downfield passes and red-zone targets. The Bucs will have Ryan Fitzpatrick under center for a Week 1 game in New Orleans.
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