WR Chris Godwin and CB Robert McClain – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs rookie wide receiver Chris Godwin has yet to strap on a pair of shoulder pads in the NFL, yet is also getting high praise from two Tampa Bay coaches.
After a shaky rookie mini-camp back in May, the light switch has apparently flipped, and Godwin, who was a PewterReport.com Best Bet, has been one of the standouts in the offseason workouts, including the past two days of mandatory mini-camp.
Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Former Falcons head coach and second-year Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith was the first to brag on the rookie from Penn State early in the afternoon on Tuesday hen speaking to the Tampa Bay media prior to practice.
“(He’s a) big strong athletic wide receiver he’s a guy that’s tough to cover we are going to have match up issues because of his size,” Smith said. “I been impressed with his ability to go up and compete with the ball as well as any guy I been around. The 50-50 balls, he’s going to come down with them.”
Head coach Dirk Koetter was asked about Godwin post practice, and compared him to one the most productive receivers in Falcons history. Although Koetter cautioned it was still early.
“He does compete for the ball –but it’s way, way, way too early to say this – but in that respect, Chris reminds me a little bit like Roddy White,” Koetter said. “When I first went to Atlanta – of course Smitty had Roddy way before I did – he’s of similar size, a big guy that competes for the ball. Chris is off to a fast start. Let’s temper it until we get the pads on, but he did it last year at Penn State and he’s off to a good start here. That’s a good sign.”
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Hard to keep calm about this guy the more you hear. I know it’s only shorts and stuff, but he had some pretty stellar play at PennState and especially that Rose Bowl. I think he makes a pretty good impact this year. I’d love to see us run 4 wide a couple of times.
I also would enjoy seeing some 4 wide…. the more looks we can show and execute, the better!
It’s good to temper expectations, of course. But it’s also good to have lots of talent in the roster too.
A far as running 4 WR sets, I suppose there will be some of that … but don’t forget we’got two really capable receiving tight ends, and three capable receivng RBs too.
The real value in having well stocked shelves in the pantry is three fold:
1) Quality backups when starters get dinged up, some of which is inevitable
2) Quality play on special teams which can easily make the difference between a W and a L.
3) Giving defenders hard choices to make no matter who is lined up where on the offense.
Agreed on all fronts. I think we’ll see Goodwin a bit at the 2 this year. I fully expect Desean to miss at least one game with injury. It’s kind of par for his career at this point. so the more ready Godwin is, the better.
At Atlanta Koetter was famous for running four receivers deep which was impossible for two safeties to cover and the QB only had to see who wasn’t covered and throw him the ball. It was very effective. However, up to now we did not have four speedy receivers on our team who had great hands in order to try that offensive trick here, but we do now. It will be great to watch. When our speedy receivers get tired, just go to a three tight end offense with Howard, our Canadian TE, and Brate which will create mismatches all over the field, and Jameis could still throw it to Sims out of the backfield. Koetter has got to be like a kid in the candy store now!
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