The Bucs' receiver corps suffered some devastating blows with the departures of DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries. According to Greg Auman of The Athletic, Bruce Arians now has high expectations for Godwin in the 2019 NFL season:
“I think Chris Godwin is going to be close to a 100-catch guy,” Arians said, “especially because I think he can play in the slot. He’s never coming off the field.”
Arians added that he envisions Chris Godwin playing a role similar to Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
“I’m not saying he’s Larry Fitzgerald by any means yet,” Arians said, “but (he can) play the role like Larry did in Arizona.”
Although Fitzgerald is capable of lining up anywhere on the field, he has done most of his damage out of the slot in recent years. Tampa Bay already has a bona fide No. 1 wideout in Mike Evans. Arians is hoping Godwin can serve as a complementary piece to Evans in the passing attack.
The prospect of Godwin breaking the 100-catch mark still seems a bit lofty at this point in the offseason. Regardless, there is certainly good reason for Arians to be optimistic considering all the promise Godwin has shown in his first couple of seasons. Despite Tampa Bay's erratic offense, Godwin is coming off a career year after hauling in 59 receptions for 842 yards and seven touchdowns. With Jackson and Humphries gone, he can expect his target share to increase significantly under Arians.