Many things will be different for Bucs wide receiver Chris Godwin this season. He has a new coaching staff, new playbook, a new teammate at receiver, and most importantly, a new role in this offense.

And just because it’s different doesn’t mean it’s such a bad situation for Godwin. He is moving into an expanded role as the No. 2 receiver, and also should get more snaps inside at the slot. The latter of which could lead to a higher amount of catches and overall production.

Despite so many things changing around him, Godwin has stayed the same this offseason with his preparation towards next season in a new offense under Bruce Arians.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs WR Chris Godwin – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“We all have to prepare ourselves for what the offense brings,” Godwin said. “I think it’s no secret that coach Arians likes to take shots and use his receivers, and that excites us. I don’t think it has to make me prepare any differently than anybody else would. I come in day in and day out and try to be ready.”

Godwin will be playing a similar role to how future Hall of Hame receiver Larry Fitzgerald was utilized in Arians’ offense for the Arizona Cardinals. He appreciates the comparisons to Fitzgerald and the coaches having enough confidence to play him in a similar role, but Godwin is not about hypothetical expectations of others.

“It’s cool seeing those types of things,”Godwin said. “But at the same time, everything, preseason, it doesn’t really matter until you put the film on. I’m not really big on all that preseason talk because if we don’t execute, then none of it will matter. I’m more interested in looking at the season afterwards and seeing how I actually did, and seeing if the expectations that I had for myself if I live up to it.

His main goal has always been to play winning football. Even if that means he isn’t the top guy.

“I’d rather be a 50-catch guy that won a Super Bowl then a 100-catch guy that isn’t in the playoffs, Godwin said. “It’s all about execution, all that preseason doesn’t matter to me. I got to execute day in and day out.”

Of course the Bucs will need Godwin to be one of those top players on the team if they expect to have a good season.

As exciting as everyone seems to be over new coach Bruce Arians, Godwin is more concerned about getting everyone on the same page. He believes in the players on this team, but acknowledged that it will take all of them working together if they want to be better then last year.

“I think that remains to be seen,” said Godwin about if the offense can be better than last season. “I think obviously we have a ton of talented guys and it’s just a matter of how hard we work and how well we’re gelling, how well we’re executing to see how successful we are. Like I said, there’s no doubt in my mind that we can be one of the top offenses in the league, like I said, it’s execution. We got to go to work, we got to put in time, and we got to be on the same page.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin
Bucs WR Chris Godwin – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

Godwin significantly improved from his rookie season to his second year, compiling 59 receptions for 842 yards and 7 touchdowns last season. Part of the reason for his expanded role now is because of the departure of DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries, which was  made easier for the Bucs knowing what type of production they can get from him.

Even entering only his third year in the NFL, he’s had more games played then fellow third-year player Bobo Wilson, and second-year receiver Justin Watson. Though he’ll have a larger responsibility now, he doesn’t think he has to change his leadership qualities, choosing to continue to better himself.

“I haven’t really given it much thought,” Godwin said. “But I don’t really think anything changes for me. I’ve always been a guy that each and every year, each and every day, I’m trying to get better. I’m trying to look for something to grow at and if I took a different approach to that this year because Adam and D-Jax are gone, then I think I’d be doing myself a disservice. I’m going to stay within the realm of myself and just continue to try and improve on the things that I know I need to improve on. Try to improve on myself.”

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  1. Godwin is Clutch.

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  2. Godwin is straight money… He is gonna thrive in the Slot… I also hope they give Watson a shot to
    Compete on the outside opposite Evans… It sucks to lose Humphries but our passing game is gonna be more than ok, just need to fix the right side of the line now…

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  3. I really like this guy. He was timed at 4.40 and is stout enough to go over the middle from the slot or down field from outside. He had a case of the drops end of the season last year so hope he straightens that out.

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  4. Godwin was a steal and a great pick for sure. He hasn’t reached his ceiling IMO by far.

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  5. Godwin blocks. That’s large.

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  6. One place Licht hasn’t screwed up in drafting and FA has been in the WR room..
    This team will probably miss the Hump more than Meshawn Jackson whose me first attitude is the complete antithesis of Godwin’s.
    You always got the feeling Jackson didn’t care who won or lost as long as he could catch a TD pass or two.
    But in the waiting room to replace the Hump is Justin Watson who looked good when he was given his chances to play last year
    To replace Jackson we have Godwin who is may not be as fast as Jackson, but is much more versatile and, unlike Jackson, can run the entire route tree including going over the middle, an area Jackson tried to avoid.

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  7. A very dependable offensive player.

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  8. This kid is an upgrade from MeJax for sure and Watson will be a nice replacement for Hump when given the chance. We still have Bobo when we want to use speed to open the field so we’re still in great shape at WR with a much smaller price tag

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