Every Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan knows Chris Godwin hype is about as high as it’s been in his two years as an NFL receiver. Entering his third year, many expect his role to increase due to the departures of DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries, but it’s the arrival of Bruce Arians which has really sent Godwin’s stock as high as it is currently.
Appearing on the Jim Rome Show on Wednesday, coach Arians continued to spread his high hopes for the third year wide receiver when asked by host Jim Rome about his expectations for 2019.
“Oh, man. He should fit perfectly in what we’re doing because he’s a physical guy, he’s a big guy. We can use him in the slot, we can use him out wide, so he’ll never come off the field. And, he’s going to get a lot of single coverage, because they're not going to let Mike Evans be over there one-on-one for sure.”
A couple of things are clear. Not only is Bruce Arians genuinely excited about what Godwin will be able to do in his own offense, but he’s clearly not listening to the pleas of one Paige Dimakos.
Multiple times during the off-season Dimakos has been on the Locked On Bucs podcast to give some of her insights into Tampa Bay ahead of the upcoming season. In her latest appearance on the show this past Wednesday, Dimakos mentioned her efforts to keep Godwin’s rise under the radar as long as possible. Talking about Godwin’s fantasy stock as it relates to his pre-season hype, Dimakos had this to say,
“We like him again this year, but he keeps creeping, and the more Bruce keeps talking about him the farther he keeps creeping up. And I keep telling Bruce to stop talking about him because he’s giving away my secrets, but he’s not listening to me....”
Of course, Godwin himself was a guest on the Locked On Bucs Podcast earlier this off-season shortly after Arians was hired to be the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During his appearance, Godwin expressed his excitement looking forward to what the new coaching staff meant for the team.
“I’m excited about the new opportunity that’s coming our way. You know, coach Arians has a great track record. With the talent that we have on our team, as with the last two years, we have the potential to have a really good year.”
Excitement is great of course, but production is better. Like Godwin mentioned later in the interview, it’s all about how the players execute what the coaches are teaching.
We’re about to find out just how well this team can execute the vision Arians and his staff have delivered to Tampa, and if the talk matches the product, it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch.