General manager Jason Licht suggested Godwin could spend time in the slot this upcoming season, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. "I'm not saying [Godwin]'s Larry Fitzgerald by any means yet," Licht said Monday. "But play the role like Larry did in Arizona. That made (Humphries) a little easier to swallow." Tampa Bay lost DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries early in the offseason, with Breshad Perriman the only replacement brought in thus far. Coach Bruce Arians saw his offense in Arizona thrive with a bigger wide receiver (Fitzgerald) playing the slot, so he may try to replicate that effect with Godwin and/or Mike Evans shifting inside when the Bucs use formations with three or more WRs. Regardless of the exact alignment, there's little question Arians' vertical passing attack will heavily rely on Evans, Godwin and tight end O.J. Howard now that the logjam of pass catchers has been broken up.
Godwin could see a major boost in potential usage and fantasy upside with the trade of DeSean Jackson to the Eagles and the departure of Adam Humphries to the Titans. Jackson (74) and Humphries (105) take a combined 179 targets out of town with Monday's developments, which figure to be a boon to Godwin's fantasy value and production during the coming campaign. The Penn State product often played a starter's allotment of snaps even when the receiving corps was at full health last season, and he saw a robust 95 targets in his own right during 2018. Godwin has both the size (6-foot-1, 209 pounds) and downfield chops (10 catches of over 20 yards in 2018, 14.7 career YPC) to help make up for the loss of the unique skill sets of his pair of departing teammates, and he's gained valuable experience in the nuances of the position by playing in all 32 games over his first two NFL seasons. Moreover, the offensive system being installed by new head coach Bruce Arians is nothing if not passing-game friendly, yet another factor in Godwin's favor. While the Buccaneers could well invest some capital at the receiver position in next month's draft, Godwin's talent and upside presumably give him a clear edge over any potential rookie addition.
Godwin brought in six of nine targets for 114 yards with two touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 34-32 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. Godwin had been unable to take advantage of his last two starts in place of DeSean Jackson (Achilles), but he made up for some of those past struggles Sunday. The second-year wideout brought in touchdown passes of 30 and 19 yards from Jameis Winston in the second and fourth quarters, posting his third 100-yard effort of the campaign in the process. Godwin set career highs in receptions (59), receiving yardage (842) and touchdowns (seven) in 2018, and with Jackson all but certain to depart the team this offseason, the Penn State product is poised to take over No. 2 receiver duties heading into 2019.
Godwin is expected to be featured regularly in three-receiver formations Sunday against the Falcons with DeSean Jackson (Achilles) inactive, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. After missing three straight games with a thumb injury, Jackson returned to action in last week's loss to Dallas, playing 29 offensive snaps and apparently hurting his Achilles along the way. With Jackson sidelined again, Godwin should settle back in as Tampa Bay's top downfield threat, a role he filled to mixed results while Jackson was out Weeks 13 through 15. Over that stretch, Godwin reeled in six passes for 114 yards and a touchdown on 19 targets, with five of the receptions and 101 of the yards coming in one game.
Godwin brought in three of six targets for 39 yards in the Buccaneers' 27-20 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. Godwin's final line was nothing to write home about, but it actually served as a considerable improvement over his production over the last two games. Godwin had brought in just one of 13 targets in his last pair of contests, making it his worst multi-game stretch as a pro. He was back to sharing the No. 3 receiver role with Adam Humphries against Dallas following DeSean Jackson's return from a thumb injury, and he'll look to up his numbers in that capacity in the Week 17 matchup against the Falcons.
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|1||09/08||San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
|3||09/22||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|4||09/29||@Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|5||10/06||@New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|11||11/17||New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
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