Bucs wide receiver Chris Godwin had his best season through his three-year NFL career and has been rewarded by making the first Pro Bowl of his career. Despite being second amongst NFL receivers in receiving yards and touchdowns, Godwin was just seventh in the NFC fan voting among wide receivers and his selection the Pro Bowl was in question before the rosters came out.

The Bucs’ teammates joining Godwin on the 2020 Pro Bowl roster is another first time selection in outside linebacker Shaq Barrett along with fellow wide receiver Mike Evans. Godwin and Evans become the first wide receiver duo to make the Pro Bowl together since Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin of the Arizona Cardinals in 2009.

Godwin’s breakout season saw him reach career bests in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. Through 14 games, Godwin had 86 receptions for 1,333 and nine touchdowns on the season. His yards and touchdowns were second in the NFL, while the number of receptions ranked him at six. Godwin is the Bucs’ leader in all three of those statistical categories as he and teammate Evans formed a dynamic duo in the Bucs passing game.

Aside from the season long accomplishments, Godwin also reached a career best 184 receiving yards in Week 12, and had three straight games of at least 125 receiving yards or from Weeks 4-6. Godwin’s six games of eclipsing over 100 yards was another career high, along with his 15.5 yards per reception.

Godwin was carted off the field in the third quarter of the Bucs’ 38-17 win over the Lions with a hamstring injury and it is unknown yet if he will play again this season.

Players for the Pro Bowl are determined by the votes of fans, players and coaches with each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the entire roster.

Given the amount of success that Godwin has this season with new coach Bruce Arians and the amount of attention he received from local and national media, this could be the first of many Pro Bowls for Godwin.

Through the Bucs official website, Godwin gave his thoughts on making his first Pro Bowl.

“Getting named to my first career Pro Bowl is such a blessing. This is a special moment, and while I’ve worked hard to get to where I am in my career, I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my teammates and coaches. I’ve had the chance to play alongside some of the best in the NFL, including Mike Evans, and sharing the honor with Mike makes it even better. I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity.”

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scubog

Not bad for a 3rd round Draft pick. Guess Jason Licht wasn’t so stupid on that choice.

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Captain Sly

Impressive for what will only be 14 games worth of production. Godwin probably would have made the Pro Bowl last year had we not been trying to force feed Djax. But I’m not going to harp on that, Congratulations Chris Godwin you deserve it!!!

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eaustinyoung

Licht isn’t too bad in mid rounds. That’s well established. Godwin, Marpet, Kwon was good for what he was he just wanted more money than he was worth, Jordan Whitehead, Jamel Dean.

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FireLichtMovement

@eaustinyoung for all the “hits” Licht has had, a bigger list of over drafted “reach” players could be made… the rookies and younger players need time before we dub them hits… I’m not going to go over them as I know everyone will accuse me killing the morale, but there is a reason he is ranked by some as the worst GM in the league… he has needed to draft a pass rusher in the first for years, and now he’ll have to pay millions upon millions of dollars, to keep the one he has.. money that could have been… Read more »

eaustinyoung

I agree with that. His FA moves are very hit or miss and usually to cover his ass. Logan Mankins was a good acquisition because he didn’t address O line early on. Same with Shaq and JPP. Suh was a smart pickup because their run-stopping was atrocious – another thing he never addressed in the draft. I think Arians had some influence there.

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FireLichtMovement

We dåmn sure know he can draft receivers!

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FireLichtMovement

Btw, to be perfectly clear, I dont say fire licht just because of the draft. One free agent getting 16.5 sacks doesnt make up for all the free agency debacles over his tenure. He hasnt put the correct coaching staff in place to succeed, until this season.

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bucballer

Well don Chris! We applaud ur play and ur work ethic!

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wish-in-one-hand

Well deserved!!

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ScottC543

Godwin has got it all – size, speed, great hands, the ability to create separation, and to make contested catches. He’ll be a perennial Pro Bowler.

Great draft pick!

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BigSombrero

Agreed! Coaches have also said his abilty to avoid getting tackled by the first guy is impressive and I agree! His yards after contact is tops in the NFL.

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BigSombrero

Getting voted to or snubbed from a Pro Bowl doesn’t register as high for me, but it’s still good news when a Buc makes it to the big shootout in Orlando. I am glad Mike, Chris, and Shaq are all getting recognized for their amazing seasons. I think Vea, David, Marpet, and Winston were also in the top 8 of their positions around the NFL.

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FireLichtMovement

Lavonte has gotten snubbed so much it’s ridiculous, but he has won the more prestigious All Pro imo. Means more to me, and probably him.

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FireLichtMovement

You guys called it at the beginning of the season. Good eye Pewter Report, and congrats to Godwin. He earned it.

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