Buccaneers get good news on the future of important player

Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

One of the biggest issues for the Buccaneers in 2021 was the lack of quality wide receiver depth down the stretch. Could they start 2022 in a better place than where they left off in 2021?

Chris Godwin tearing his ACL last season was one of the worst things that happened to the Buccaneers.

One has to think that Godwin playing in that Rams game would’ve made the difference to give Tampa the win over the eventual Super Bowl champions, but what ifs are difficult.

Still, the wide receiver depth was not as good for the Bucs as it should’ve been last season, and starting 2022 off with Chris Godwin as early as possible will help.

While many fans and analysts have speculated that Tampa could be without Godwin for a decent chunk of the early part of the season, a recent comment from Cyril Grayson on The Pewter Report Podcast shows plenty of reason for the Buccaneers to have hope that an earlier return is a possible contingency.

According to Grayson, Godwin was getting up to 19-miles per hour running, and if that isn’t a positive sign with 100 days to go before the start of the season, I’m not sure what is.

There are still some wide receivers out there that can’t get to 19 miles per hour in a sprint on a good day. Godwin getting to that point after tearing his ACL with so much more time to go is an awesome fact to discover before the summer even really starts.

The other good side to this news is that speed has never really been Godwin’s main selling point. The agility is what matters far more for a guy like him in the slot, and while it will take a bit longer for those maneuvers to be safe and successful, it is at least nice to see that Godwin is almost back up to full-speed in what we can assume to be straight-line sprints.

Sounds like people might not have to stash Chris Godwin on their fantasy teams as long as they once thought. It might take a bit more time to get to 100%, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see Godwin taking some controlled reps during training camp.

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