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Arians Sets Bar Even Higher For Chris Godwin

Head Coach Bruce Arians came to Tampa with high expectations for WR Chris Godwin. Now they’re even higher

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Bruce Arians said when he took the job in Tampa Bay that the roster was loaded with talent, especially the wide receivers. He would also single out Chris Godwin who is about to enter his third season.

Those that closely follow the Bucs - or Big Ten football for that matter - have had high hopes and expectations for Chris Godwin from the jump. Now having the chance to see him in a BA offense made many of those fans even more excited. Arians didn’t even attempt to temper the expectations, either. He went full steam ahead, predicting a 100 reception season for the young wide out.

Following OTA’s, Bruce doubled down;

“I had high expectations and they’re even higher now. So, he hasn’t done anything to diminish what I thought he would be and as he learns to play in that slot and read things a little bit more – he’s made great progress. I think I’ll stand by my 100-catch announcement.”

Godwin’s size, skill, versatility, and incredible hands have many believing he is the true number two guy across from Mike Evans - and could even be a number one receiver on some rosters. If there was ever a chance to showcase all of these attributes, it would be this season.

The Buccaneers now have the speed guy in Brashad Perriman, an unproven but talented Justin Watson, and rookie Scotty Miller to compliment the Evans/Godwin duo, but with DeSean Jackson out of the way, Godwin will have many more opportunities to contribute as the true WR2.