Buccaneers make risky decision with important offensive star
By Rob Leeds
The Buccaneers shouldn’t need Chris Godwin as one of their wide receivers to beat the Cowboys. Bringing him back early could be dangerous.
All things held equal, Chris Godwin is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL when healthy. The Buccaneers lucked out in a major way to have a player like Mike Evans to pair with Godwin.
This duo has been a huge part in the offensive resurgence for the Buccaneers during the Tom Brady era, and the Bucs will need to hope that Godwin can stay healthier in 2022 than he did in 2021.
That is part of the reason why this decision by the Bucs is a little risky:
Chris Godwin should be back and playing for the Buccaneers tonight as long as nothing crazy changes between now and then. This is a great thing for people who want to see the whole unit back together, but it does bring an added element of danger to a game that doesn’t need one.
This Buccaneer wide receiver corps shouldn’t need Godwin to beat this Cowboys team. Godwin has some very good backups behind him that are starting-caliber players on almost every other team.
Why take the risk by bringing Godwin back so early when the Bucs can still easily roster six receivers on game day?
Godwin has been playing in practice, but there have been very few chances to ramp the intensity up. Going from no hits after such a bad injury to the immediate speed of a game is a slippery slope.
While everyone should trust that the team and the player have come to the best decision for each party, it is still fair to say that the game tonight will carry an added element of risk on each rep that Chris Godwin takes a hit. Hopefully the play-calling can try to keep him safe.
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