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'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 with 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.
Godwin will return to splitting No. 3 receiver duties with Adam Humphries in Week 16 against the Cowboys with DeSean Jackson (thumb) active for the contest.
Godwin uncharacteristically came up short, and woefully so at that, as the No. 2 wideout over the last two games, bringing in just one of 13 targets for 13 yards during that pair of contests. A return toward his more familiar role might potentially serve to boost his production, although it's worth noting the Cowboys defense comes into Sunday's contest allowing the eighth-fewest passing yards (224.0) per game.
The second-year wideout was trying to bounce back from hauling in just one of 10 targets in Week 14, but he instead came up empty on the stat sheet for only the second time in his professional career. Godwin's minimal production over the last pair of contests is especially disappointing considering it's come with DeSean Jackson (thumb) sidelined and Godwin therefore operating as a starting receiver. He'll look to put the two-game nightmare behind him versus the Cowboys in Week 16.
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|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||5||59||842||14.3||48||7||10||1||48|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||7||7.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||5||5.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||4||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|