Buccaneers: Five backups who are key to 2017 success

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 11: Charles Sims
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 11: Charles Sims /
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PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Wide receiver Chris Godwin
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Wide receiver Chris Godwin /

  Chris Godwin – Wide Receiver

The most important back up on the Bucs hasn’t played a single snap yet for his team. Chris Godwin, the team’s third round pick in this years’ draft, has a critical role to play in the season to come, despite not having a clear path to a starting role.

Godwin’s college experience was almost exclusively as a wide receiver with little playing time coming in the slot. That will probably keep him as the fourth receiver for most of his rookie season, as Adam Humphries is too skilled and experienced to be usurped. Make no mistake however, Godwin will see the field plenty during his rookie campaign. Godwin gives the Bucs offense an answer to the infamous Florida heat, allowing them to rotate Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson regularly to keep them fresh. Godwin might be a backup, but he’ll get his chance this season.

Similar to Ryan Smith, Godwin is looked upon as an heir apparent to a veteran player. Sooner or later, if all goes right in his development, Godwin will replace DeSean Jackson as the teams’ starting “Y” receiver opposite Mike Evans.

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So, there it is. The five most important Buccaneer backups, in my estimation. What do you think, Buccaneer fans? Did I miss anyone? Did I overrate anyone? Let us know in the comments!