For some rookies, the transition from the college game to the NFL could take years to piece together. However, former Penn State receiver Chris Godwin has seemingly figured it out in just over a month.
Godwin, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, has been dominating at the team’s organized team activities (OTAs) in the months of May and June.
That continued Thursday, as Godwin put together another impressive day by catching two touchdowns in OTA drills.
Buccaneers rookie WR Chris Godwin continues to make the highlight reel. He's caught two TD passes in this 11 on 11 drill, one over shoulder
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The good news for Godwin is his performances haven’t gone unnoticed. According to the Buccaneers’ team website, Godwin’s name was one of the first to be mentioned by Tampa Bay head coach Dirk Koetter when he was asked about the OTA’s top-performing players.
“The most consistent guys since we’ve been out here have been Godwin and Adam [Humphries]. Those two guys have been making plays everyday. Real happy with what Chris is doing, but he could play in(side) or out(side), either one.”
Godwin’s success is interesting to note, considering he’s competing with former All-Pro wide receivers DeSean Jackson (2009) and Mike Evans (2016). Furthermore, there are a total of 11 wide receivers vying for one of the few receiver spots on the final Buccaneers roster.
However, Godwin’s name was mentioned along with Adam Humphries, the Bucs’ No. 3 wide receiver last year, as one of the team’s most consistent players. That’s pretty good company for a rookie making his case for playing time.
“I definitely feel like I’ve been making progress,” Godwin told buccaneers.com. “Obviously, it’s a lot to learn. It’s a lot to kind of take in, but the veteran guys, they’ve been doing a great job of helping not only myself, but the rest of the rookies kind of get acclimated.”