Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens WR Chris Godwin: Red Zone Specialist?

If you’re seeking a long-term bet at wide receiver, Buccaneer Chris Godwin is among the safest and steadiest prospects around. 

Chris Godwin has a quiet game. He lacks elite physical characteristics at the position, he’s not an elastic player at the catch point, and he’s not a terror in the open field. It doesn’t help that the tasks he performs appear as if he’s been doing this work in the league for 10 years.

Godwin is just big enough, quick enough, fast enough, and physical enough to become a high-volume option for years to come. He’s one of those ‘tweener/hybrid options that I covered in the 2018 RSP after noting the work of Michael Thomas, Cooper Kupp, and JuJu Smith Schuster. Tampa featured Godwin in a variety of spots and he earned the trust of his quarterbacks, making clutch plays late in the year.

When you think of red zone options for the Buccaneers, Mike Evans, O.J. Howard, and Cameron Brate come to mind immediately. However, the best red zone players aren’t necessarily the tallest, strongest, or the best leapers.

The greatest common factor is smooth, fluid, and decisive play in a compressed environment that shortens normal timelines and increases physicality. This sounds like an area where Godwin will thrive if the Buccaneers make him a priority there. Michael Thomas had 12 catches and 7 touchdowns on 20 red zone targets last year. Smith-Schuster had 10 catches and 6 touchdowns on 13 targets. Kupp had 16 catches on 26 targets for 6 scores.

If the Buccaneers look around the league and connect the dots, Godwin will be a red zone factor.

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Categories: 2017 NFL Draft, Players, The NFL Lens, Wide ReceiverTags: , ,

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