|No. 14 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Born:||February 27, 1996|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||209 lb (95 kg)|
|High school:||Middletown (DE)|
|NFL Draft:||2017 / Round: 3 / Pick: 84|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2019|
Rod Christopher "Chris" Godwin Jr. (born February 27, 1996) is an American football wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State.
Godwin attended Middletown High School in Middletown, Delaware. He played high school football for the Cavaliers and was a key member responsible for a 41–7 record over his four years and two State Championships. He had more than 700 yards every year of his high school career and as a senior had 1,150 yards and 16 receiving touchdowns. Some of Godwin's honors in high school were the following, Delaware Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior, was selected to play in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game, named All-state as a sophomore, junior and senior and four time All-conference wide receiver and kick returner. Academic All-State selection and a member of the Honor Roll. Rated a four-star prospect by all four major recruiting services and was named the top player in Delaware by ESPN, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com and was among the top 30 players nationally at wide receiver, receiving the distinction from ESPN, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Middletown, Delaware||Middletown HS||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)||203 lb (92 kg)||4.48||Apr 23, 2013|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN grade: 83|
|Overall recruiting rankings:|
In Godwin's freshman year, he appeared in all thirteen games for the Nittany Lions, recording 338 yards on 26 receptions. However, Godwin emerged as a leading wide receiver during his sophomore campaign, racking up 1,101 yards and five touchdowns. Over the course of his sophomore season, Godwin had 100+ yards receiving in five games, culminating in a 133-yard effort during the TaxSlayer Bowl.
Following his breakout sophomore season, Godwin began receiving double coverage from opposing defenses. After struggling to find his stride at the start of his junior season, Godwin finished with 117 yards receiving and a touchdown against the Temple Owls. In what proved to be his final game as a Nittany Lion, Godwin recorded a career-high 187 yards on nine catches and scored two touchdowns in a thrilling Rose Bowl loss to USC. Later that month Godwin announced he was going to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|6 ft 1 in
|31 5⁄8 in
|9 1⁄8 in
|4.42 s||1.65 s||2.75 s||4.00 s||7.01 s||36.0 in
|10 ft 6 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
In March 2017, Godwin performed well at the 2017 NFL Combine, having one of the top vertical jumps and 40-yard dash time among Wide Receivers. Additionally, he was the top performer in both the bench press with 19 reps and 20-yard shuttle with 4 flat. Due to his success at the combine, he was interviewed there by multiple teams including the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers, among others.
2017 season: Rookie year
Godwin was selected by the Buccaneers in the third round (84th overall) of the draft. During Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings, he had his first three career receptions, which went for 44 yards. The Buccaneers lost 34-17. Due to the likes of DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans, in the first eight weeks of 2017, Godwin had just seven receptions on ten targets. However, his workload picked up in the final eight weeks. During Week 10, he had 68 yards on 5 receptions in a win against the New York Jets and in Week 14, he had the same numbers in a 24-21 loss to the Detroit Lions. In the season-finale against the New Orleans Saints, Godwin caught nine passes for 111 yards and a touchdown as the Buccaneers won 31-24, earning him NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Godwin finished his rookie year with 34 receptions for 525 yards and a touchdown.
Godwin started the 2018 season off strong with a receiving touchdown in the first three games of the season against the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, and Pittsburgh Steelers. During Week 10 against the Washington Redskins, he had seven receptions for 103 yards in a 16-3 loss. In Week 13, he had five receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown in a 24–17 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Godwin finished his second season with 59 receptions for 842 yards and seven touchdowns.
In the season-opener against the San Francisco 49ers, Godwin caught three passes for 53 yards and a touchdown in the 31-17 loss. In the next game against the Carolina Panthers, he caught eight passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in the 20-14 road victory. Two weeks later against the Los Angeles Rams, he recorded a career-high 12 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns as the Buccaneers routed the Rams on the road 55-40. Godwin followed up his big performance in the next game against the New Orleans Saints, catching seven passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-24 road loss. In the next game against the Panthers in London, he caught ten passes for 151 yards in the 37-26 loss. During Week 12 against the Atlanta Falcons, Godwin recorded a career long 71-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jameis Winston in route to a career best 184 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-22 road victory. With that performance, Godwin recorded his first season with at least 1,000 receiving yards. Godwin was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week due to his spectacular performance. During Week 14 against the Indianapolis Colts, Godwin caught seven passes for 91 yards. In Week 15, during a 38-17 win against the Detroit Lions, Godwin caught five passes for 121 yards but injured his hamstring during the third quarter and left the game. On December 17, 2019, Godwin was selected to the 2020 Pro Bowl, the first of his career.
Godwin finished his third season setting new career highs in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns with 86 receptions for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns. Following the season, he gave up his jersey number 12 to new teammate Tom Brady and switched to number 14.
Buccaneers franchise records
- Most consecutive games with at least 1 touchdown reception - 4 (tied)
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