The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are facing the Carolina Panthers without DeSean Jackson, but they’re not lacking in big plays today. Check out Chris Godwin turning this short pass into a 71-yard play.
12 goes for 70!— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) December 24, 2017
Go #Bucs! pic.twitter.com/BotlY18aA3
The Bucs haven’t had a good after-the-catch receiver in ages. In part that’s due to the play design, with Koetter preferring more static routes, of course. And the Bucs did try to get DeSean Jackson going with short throws this season, but it didn’t quite work. A slant to Godwin, though, turns out to be just the thing.
Godwin hasn’t been starting this year mostly because of DeSean Jackson, which is understandable. Slightly less understandable is the fact that Adam Humphries keeps getting playing time over him—except, Humphries sometimes does things like this.
3 ➡ 10 = Jump Ball! pic.twitter.com/gXFZgjUMtb— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) December 24, 2017
That’s the smallest receiver on the roster winning a prayer of a jump ball. That’s just weird.
Of course, neither of these big plays led to a touchdown, because Dirk Koetter’s playcalling becomes completely obtuse once he gets into the red zone. And because of that, the Bucs are down 12-9 at the half.