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SR’s Fab 5 is a collection of inside scoop, analysis and insight from yours truly, PewterReport.com publisher and Bucs beat writer Scott Reynolds. Here are a few things that caught my attention this week at One Buc Place and around the NFL.
FAB 1. Perriman’s Speed Outside Allows Godwin To Be Bucs’ Slot WR
Breshad Perriman has everything a team like Tampa Bay is looking for in a wide receiver.
Perriman is a big, athletic target at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds. He ran a sub 4.3 time coming out of UCF in 2015 and is still plenty fast at age 25.
At $9 million per year, the cap-strapped Bucs couldn’t justify keeping an undersized slot receiver in Humphries, despite his work ethic and dependability. It’s a shame because Humphries was really a safety blanket for Jameis Winston, who enters a big contract year without one of his reliable primary targets.
But new head coach Bruce Arians has big plans for Chris Godwin and that means taking on a bigger responsibility as the slot receiver where the Bucs wanted a bigger body to play the Larry Fitzgerald role in Arians’ offense. That’s a role in the slot that the 5-foot-10, 192-pound Humphries just wasn’t equipped to play.
Fitzgerald thrived in the slot under Arians where he caught a career-high 109 passes in both the 2015 and 2017 seasons. Now it’s Godwin’s turn to play slot receiver, which is a far different role in Arians’ offense than it was in Dirk Koetter’s offense, as we first reported back in February in a previous SR’s Fab 5.
With his size and physicality, Godwin has been compared to Fitzgerald, and that’s a comparison the Bucs’ third-year receiver embraces coming off a career year in which he had 59 catches for 842 yards (14.3 avg.) and seven touchdowns.
“I would definitely say Larry Fitzgerald and Julio Jones are the guys I study the most – I really respect their game,” Godwin said. “I try to learn what I can from their games and apply it to mine. I love watching their film.”
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Godwin has the size to outmuscle smaller nickel cornerbacks and the speed to make it hard for safeties to keep up with him in coverage. Plus, Godwin is a tremendous blocker and that will be utilized a lot in the box to help spring Peyton Barber and get the Bucs’ ground game going.
Godwin’s size and speed can help Tampa Bay in ways that Humphries couldn’t in the team’s new offense, which loves to feature vertical passing down the seam. That’s an area where Godwin and third-year tight end O.J. Howard should thrive this year.
Perriman’s size and speed can also help the Bucs – provided he can catch the ball, which has been an issue since his days at UCF.
Perriman’s penchant for untimely drops led to his quick demise in Baltimore after just three years. Perriman, who is the son of Brett Perriman, a star receiver for the Detroit Lions, who played 10 years in the NFL, missed his rookie season to a torn ACL and that stunted his development at the professional ranks.
After catching 43 passes for 576 yards and three touchdowns in three disappointing seasons with the Ravens, Baltimore released the 26th overall pick in 2015 prior to the 2018 season after not picking up his fifth-year option for 2019. Perriman had 33 catches for 499 yards (15.1 avg.) and three touchdowns in his first year playing in Baltimore in 2016, but fell down the depth chart in his final season there, catching just 10 passes for 77 yards (7.7 avg.) and no scores.
After a one-week stint in Washington last year, Perriman moved on to Cleveland where he played in 10 games and caught 16 passes for 340 yards (21.3 avg.) and two TDs. Perriman is hoping he can build on the momentum he started last season with the Browns.
After thinking it would be in Cleveland again, the Browns traded for Odell Beckham, Jr., which prompted Perriman and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus to go to general manager John Dorsey and ask out of the one-year deal they had agreed to. Perriman opted for the same one-year, $4 million deal in Tampa Bay to play with Jameis Winston and for Arians.
Arians’ offense wants to force defenses to play Cover 2 with two safeties back in coverage worrying about Perriman’s speed on one side and Mike Evans’ size and big-play ability on the other. Two safeties playing deep in Cover 2 would allow Godwin and Howard some really favorable matchups down the middle of the field. If defenses want to play Quarters coverage, which is Cover 4, in addition to Cover 2, that only makes it easier for the Bucs to run the ball, and can create some one-on-one matchups outside for Perriman and Evans.
The Bucs needed to replace Jackson’s deep speed on the outside after trading him to Philadelphia. Time will tell if Perriman can actually be an upgrade. But with the team’s plan to use Godwin inside in the slot, he’s going to be an upgrade over Humphries, who wouldn’t have been an ideal fit in Tampa Bay’s new offense.
And even if Perriman’s production this year doesn’t match Jackson’s, the fact that he could be used as a decoy going deep with regularity to open up things underneath for Godwin, Evans and Howard would still make him a value addition. Defensive coordinators are always afraid of speedy players that can take the top off the defense.
The hope is that a fresh start in Tampa Bay and more confidence, Perriman can build off a solid season in Cleveland where he was a complimentary receiver and really be an assist man opposite Evans and also to Godwin, who should thrive in his new role playing his idol – Fitzgerald – as the Bucs’ new slot receiver.