Rod Christopher ‘Chris’ Godwin Jr. is 24 years old and born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Middletown, Delaware. Godwin played high school football for a team that went 41-7 over his four years, including winning two state championships.
He caught more than 700 yards in each of his four years and caught 1,150 yards and 16 receiving touchdowns as a senior. Godwin went to the Under Armour All-American Game in 2013. He won the Gatorade Player of the Year for Delaware as a senior.
Rated as a four-star prospect and the top player in the state of Delaware, Godwin attended Penn State University. As a freshman, he caught 338 yards on 26 receptions. Godwin broke out in his sophomore year, gaining 1,101 yards and 5 touchdowns. Defenses began double-teaming Godwin, and he struggled during his junior season. He did finish with 11 scores.
At the 2017 NFL Combine, Godwin measured 6‘1“ tall and weighed 209 pounds, running a 4.42-second 40-yard dash. The Buccaneers selected him in the third round. His 34-525-1 season demonstrated his skills in a limited time. Godwin got better in 2018, and he caught 59 passes for 842 yards with 7 scores and was looking to break out in 2019.
He did just that. His 2019 season was Godwin’s emergence. However, an 86-1,333-9 stat line in 14 games was more than most would have speculated.
Godwin averaged 13.4 points per game, 19.7 PPG in PPR. Only Michael Thomas averaged more. It was enough to have him finish as the number two receiver in PPR formats, behind Thomas.
Thankfully Godwin has been able to stay healthy throughout his college and NFL career. Through three NFL seasons, he has only missed two games, the last two games of the 2019 season after suffering a hamstring strain. Unlike several other elite wide receivers who, by this time have already undergone multiple surgeries, or struggled with several different injuries, Godwin’s injury history is beautifully empty.
In 2020, Godwin now has Tom Brady as his quarterback. He will continue to play the slot receiver role and could lead the team in targets. As a slot receiver, Godwin’s 8.6 targets and close to 100 yards a game should continue. Even with the addition of Rob Gronkowski, he should not drop below eight. Brady will also have to feed Evans, OJ Howard, Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Ronald Jones, Dare Ogunbowale, and Cameron Brate.
In the red zone, Godwin might take a bigger hit. He always seemed to play second fiddle to Evans, even though Godwin caught more than him. With the addition of Gronkowski, it will get tougher. The touchdowns may be where it hits Godwin the hardest.
On the road, Godwin was “god-like” when he averaged 109 yards a game and 7 touchdowns in 8 contests. When it came to playing inside his division (five games), he averaged 125.6 yards per game with 6 scores.
The secondary in Tampa Bay is still vulnerable to the pass. As a result, this will generate more offense for them as they will continuously have the ball in their hands. Godwin's ceiling for touchdowns won’t be more than 11-12, but getting in the double-digits in scores will put him in the top-five of wide receivers in overall points.
In 2019 the Bucs offense scored 28.6 points and 3.4 scores per game, which was 4th in the NFL. The passing game was the 7th most. Now, they will have one of the most accurate passers in the game, and all those statistics should increase without those interceptions that Jameis Winston threw (30). Brady also has plenty of arm left, and he now has the weapons to showcase it.
Sports Injury Predictor calculates Godwin’s chance of injury at 32.7% in 2020. Given his significant history of being able to stay healthy and only suffering a mild hamstring injury late in the season, I agree with him being lower risk.
I (Dr. Morse) am not overly concerned about Godwin’s medical or injury history. My risk score for Godwin is 2 out of 10, one of the lowest in the NFL.
Despite concerns with a possible decrease in red-zone targets, overall, Godwin still has top-five wide receiver potential. Draft him with confidence in 2020.
Injury Risk: Low. 2/10.
|Projected Missed||Probability of injury per game ?||Probablity of injury in the season ?|
|Dec 15, 2019||Thigh Hamstring Strain Grade 2||Godwin suffered the hamstring injury in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions in Week 15. He missed two final games of the regular season|