We're officially in the endgame of the NFL season, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still alive in the playoff race with just a handful of weeks left.
It's far from a lock, but the Bucs path to the playoffs is surprsingly clear given how things have gone lately and where they were expected to be at this point in the season based on preseason predictions. Lest we forget that experts pegged the Bucs as candidates to tank for a top draft pick and here we are with five weeks left and Tampa Bay has a home playoff game well within reach.
That being said, the Bucs are equally as close to a Top 10 draft pick, so how these last few games play out will be critical.
One additional thing everyone is going to keep an eye on in Week 14 is how often Chris Godwin is used. He was targeted only three times and ended Sunday's win over the Panthers with zero catches. It's something that Bucs fans have called out all week with Godwin's wife even getting involved to call out Todd Bowles.
Ahead of Sunday's game, the Bucs made the move to add a receiver to the active roster, which makes the Godwin drama even more interesting.
Buccaneers elevate David Moore to 53-man roster ahead of Week 14
David Moore was brought to Tampa Bay by Dave Canales, who worked with the receiver during their days together in Seattle. While he didn't make the final cut before the season, Moore has hung around Tampa Bay's practice squad and has proven to be a valuable member of weekly game prep.
He's now getting another shot to get some game action on Sunday. The Bucs elevated him from the practice squad and plan to have him ready to go against the Falcons.
It's more than just an elevation from the practice squad, though. Because it's his third elevation, Moore must be officially signed if the Bucs want to keep him around otherwise he'll have to be waived rather than sent back down in a clean move.
This is something the Bucs did with John Wolford earlier in the season, although there are key differences in circumstance. With Wolford, there was pressure from other teams trying to sign him that spurred the decision to sign him to an active roster spot, whereas Moore has been moved so many times that he can't be sent back down again.
He's playedagainst both the Colts and Panthers, logging a single target in both of those apperanaces. It's unlikely that he sees much action, but if he does it will no doubt factor into the discourse about how Dave Canales distributes the ball to his offensive targets against the backdrop of whatever Godwin ends up doing on Sunday.
That's probably reading way too into things, but that's also where it seems we're at.