Bucs GM Jason Licht expects WR Chris Godwin to play more in the slot under HC Bruce Arians. Licht compared Godwin's potential role to the one Larry Fitzgerald played in Arians' offense. Fitz averaged 94 catches, 1,026 yards and 6.6 TDs in 5 seasons under Arians. Godwin, of course, will remain behind Mike Evans on the totem pole. But the departures of DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries free up 179 targets. Everything is in place for a breakout 2019 for Godwin.
Titans WR Adam Humphries has inked a 4-year, $36 million deal with the Titans. The former undrafted free agent boosted his catch and yardage totals in each of his 4 seasons in Tampa Bay, topping out with a 76-816-5 line this past year. A pure slot receiver, Humphries is averaging just 10.6 yards per catch for his career but sports a nice 70.4% catch rate. He has a shot to finish 2nd on the 2019 Titans in targets, with nothing proven at WR behind Corey Davis and 34-year-old TE Delanie Walker returning from a fractured ankle. The Bucs, meanwhile, have now lost Humphries and DeSean Jackson today. That leaves Chris Godwin as the clear #2 and 2018 5th-rounder Justin Watson as an intriguing sleeper -- barring a major addition at the position. TE O.J. Howard should also see a rise in targets.
The Buccaneers have agreed to a trade that will send WR DeSean Jackson to the Eagles. Once it's official, the move would give Philly the deep threat that Mike Wallace wasn't able to provide in 2018. There's room for Jackson to rank 2nd among Eagles WRs in targets, though he's not likely to crack the team's top 2. Having Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz ahead of him will limit the target ceiling. Jackson's departure clears the way for WR Chris Godwin to remain the #2 in Tampa going forward.
Update: Philly will also sign Jackson to a new 3-year, $27 million deal -- confirmation that he's set to play a big role in the offense.
The Bucs have hired Bruce Arians as their new HC. Byron Leftwich will serve as the OC, but it'll be Arians running the show. He was out of coaching this past year but spent the previous 5 seasons as the Cardinals' HC and also has 9 years of experience as an NFL OC. After struggling early in his career, Arians has landed 7 of his last 9 offenses inside the top 14 in total yards. He tends to lean toward the pass, with just 1 of those last 9 offenses ranking higher in rush attempts than pass attempts. All 9 of those units finished top 15 in pass yards, with 5 cracking the top 10. We'd expect a pass-leaning attack in Tampa Bay -- good news for QB Jameis Winston and WRs Mike Evans and Chris Godwin
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (Achilles) did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. His absence means a boost in snaps for WR Chris Godwin, who should be considered a WR3 with upside.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson did not practice on Wednesday. He suffered a foot injury in last week's loss to the Cowboys and ended up playing just 36% of the snaps. His absence in Sunday's finale against the Falcons would be a boost for WR Chris Godwin.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) is active for today’s game against the Cowboys. He’s a risk/reward WR4 in his 1st action since Week 12. Jackson’s return figures to eat into WR Chris Godwin’s snaps.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) is listed as questionable but is expected to play against the Cowboys this weekend after full practices on Thursday and Friday. D-Jax is just a boom/bust WR4 in his 1st action since Week 12. But his return makes WR Chris Godwin an even shakier fantasy play.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) returned to practice on Wednesday. "Catching the ball well," insider Rick Stroud noted. Jackson appears to be trending toward playing against the Cowboys this weekend. His return would ding WR Chris Godwin's fantasy value.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) is out again for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. WR Chris Godwin saw another 10 targets with D-Jax out last week. So despite that 1-catch dud — and a tough matchup this week — Godwin remains a WR3 option.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) missed practice all week and is out for Sunday’s game against the Saints. That again makes Chris Godwin a WR2 with upside and also gives WR Adam Humphries a slight bump in his target projection.
Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson didn't practice Wednesday because of the left thumb injury that kept him out of Week 13. Chris Godwin owners certainly wouldn't mind if Jackson continues to miss game time. The 2nd-year wideout has reached 98 receiving yards in all 3 games he has played without Jackson active to date.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) is out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. He's played 54% of the offensive snaps and averaged 6.4 targets per game, so this is a significant loss. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Adam Humphries and Cameron Brate should all pick up an extra target or 2. Godwin, who's playing time has yo-yoed all season, is the biggest winner.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson had a cast on his left thumb at Thursday's practice, insider Rick Stroud reports. D-Jax was on the practice field but not catching passes. It's unclear if he'll try to play through the issue against the Panthers this weekend, but he'll obviously be a high-risk fantasy start if he does. WRs Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries will benefit from a limited or sidelined Jackson.
Bucs WR Chris Godwin (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Giants. He sat out on Wednesday and Thursday but put in a full practice on Friday. We’re expecting Godwin to play and will find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. Consider him a risk/reward WR3 for Week 11.
Bucs WR Chris Godwin (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He now seems in real danger of missing this weekend's game against the Giants. WR DeSean Jackson would get the biggest playing-time boost if Godwin sits. Mike Evans, Adam Humphries and O.J. Howard would also pick up some extra targets.
Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin missed Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury. It's a new issue, but Godwin participated to the end of last week's game against Washington -- catching a pass on the final play. Godwin did match his lowest snap share of the season (49%), though we have no idea if that's related to the ankle. We'll keep an eye on his status heading into Sunday's visit to the Giants.
Bucs WR Mike Evans (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. We noticed him get shaken up late in the OT loss to the Bengals, but we never got an update from the team. We'll continue to monitor his status throughout the rest of the week If Evans can't play against the Panthers on Sunday, Chris Godwin and DeSean Jackson would turn into every-down players.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson has requested a trade, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. D-Jax has been part of a WR rotation behind Mike Evans this season, playing just 50.4% of the offensive snaps. Tampa is reportedly inclined to hang on to Jackson, but we'll see if that changes before Tuesday's trade deadline. WR Chris Godwin would be a big winner if Jackson is dealt.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Buccaneers expect WR DeSean Jackson to clear the concussion protocol in time to play Sunday against the Eagles. We'll obviously watch for confirmation before the 1 p.m. ET kickoff. Jackson's return would cloud the outlook of Chris Godwin a bit, but Godwin actually played more snaps than Jackson in Week 1 -- despite Jackson putting up the huge game. Both would be in play for fantasy. Jackson's return does lower Godwin's ceiling, though.
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