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In a season of disappointments, there were a few bright spots.

One bright spot – and hope for the future – was the success of the 2017 rookie class for the Buccaneers.

The NFL announced on Wednesday that Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 17. He is the second wide receiver to win the award in franchise history, joining teammate Mike Evans (Week 11, 2014).

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

Against the New Orleans Saints, Godwin caught seven passes for 111 yards, including the game-winning 39-yard touchdown with under 10 seconds remaining. His 111 receiving yards led all NFC players in Week 17, while his seven receptions were tied for the second-most by any NFC wide receiver. Both marked career highs. Five of Godwin’s seven catches resulted in first downs, tied for the most receiving first downs by an NFC player.

Over the final two weeks of the regular season, Godwin totaled 209 receiving yards, the third-most in the NFL, while averaging 20.9 yards per catch, the highest mark in the NFC during that time. Godwin finished the season with 34 catches for 525 yards and one touchdown. His 525 yards are the third-most by a rookie wide receiver this season, while his 15.4 yards per catch led all qualified rookies (min. 32 receptions) and ranked 13th in the NFL on the year.

Godwin joins Warrick Dunn (Week 2, 1997), Mike Evans (Week 11, 2014) and Doug Martin (Week 9, 2012) as the only rookies in team history to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Godwin showed fans and coaches he was up for the challenge of replacing veteran receiver DeSean Jackson who missed the final two games with an ankle injury. Godwin wasn’t the only rookies to shine for Tampa Bay in 2017. First rounder O.J. Howard, safety Justin Evans, linebacker and Kendell Beckwith started at some point this season which bodes well for the future.

– Part of this report courtesy of the Buccaneers communications department


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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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3 years ago

Well deserved! I think the 2017 draft class helped Koetter, Licht to still be employed. Lets hope the 2018 draft will bring quality pass rushers and other players. I see we have three draft picks from the 7 th to the 69th spots. We should get three more starters with these picks. Go Bucs!

3 years ago

So does this mean we have seen the last of Desean Jackson or will he be back for his last two years of his contract?

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3 years ago

D-Jax has a guaranteed 11mil for 2018. I don’t know who would be willing to pick up that contract in a trade. HC Koetter crowed about him (big ups) in his presser Monday. Will probably be a Buc in 2018.


3 years ago

Congrats to Chris Godwin and he’s up for two more awards. I’m voting for him again. Go Bucs!

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.@CGtwelve_’s HUGE game has him nominated for two MORE awards, Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week and Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of the Week! Let’s get him the trifecta!

3 years ago

The more you look at things the more you see once again these free agents are a cancer to the team chemistry. Godwin should be the #2 next year. His development should not be stunted. Desean Jackson unfortunately is a negative for us. Trade him to Oakland. Maybe Gruden will take him.

3 years ago

Agree he will be hard to trade, on the other hand a strong offseason with Jameis and maybe he will be worth what we paid for him in 2018. Can’t ever have enough WR’s and that speed can still be a powerful weapon. Maybe we have to wait till 2018 to enjoy the weapons for Jameis that we prematurely anticipated in 2017. With the exception of a RB and an OL prospect we need to focus on DEFENSE.

3 years ago

Well deserved young man! This kid has outplayed DJax and has been on the team the same amount of time. Makes you wonder, the chemistry is fine between he and Jameis, so why is it so hard to get with DJax?

Ship DJax to the Browns, they have cap space for days. Give this kid a chance to shine as our #2 like Pitt did with Juju

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