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Chris Godwin “does not play like a rookie” says Dirk Koetter

The Bucs got a steal in their third-round receiver.

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Chris Godwin looked like a bit of a steal in the third round of the 2017 NFL draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers snagged him because they didn’t expect him to fall that far, and they like physical, productive, relatively polished receivers like Godwin.

Of course, there were reasons why Godwin fell, too. A lack of explosiveness, for instance. So far, though, Godwin has shown up consistently throughout the offseason. The results are so good that Dirk Koetter even compared him to veterans—a rare honor for a rookie.

Now it’s up to Godwin to show that he can carry that through into the preseason, and then the regular season. The latter’s going to be a little difficult: Godwin’s likely strictly an outside receiver, and he’s not about to beat out Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson for regular playing time, no matter how well he does in practice.

This underscores how much competition there is for receiving targets this year. Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson will get their share, but beyond that there’s four guys who are likely to get a decent share—and I’m not counting the running backs.

At this point it’s anyone’s guess as to who will become the primary number three target. Cameron Brate has a good shot because of his production last year, while Adam Humphries is the best fit in the slot. But few players have as much talent as O.J. Howard and as a first-round pick, he’ll get on the field. And then there’s Godwin, who looks terrific as a possession receiver on the outside.

Regardless of what happens there, though, it certainly looks like Godwin’s a steal.