Dirk Koetter compares Godwin to Roddy White

The Buccaneers head coach once coached White in Atlanta. PFF looks at commonalities in their production.

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Dirk Koetter compares Godwin to Roddy White


  • Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said via ESPN that rookie wide receiver “Chris [Godwin] reminds me a little bit of Roddy White. He’s similar size, a big guy that competes for the ball.” The third-round pick has made a good impression so far, also receiving praise for his performance during OTAs.
  • In his last year at Penn State, Godwin ranked tied for 13th in the nation with 14 receptions on deep passes, and his 504 deep receiving yards were the most among receivers in the Big Ten. Roddy White had his best season in terms of deep passing in 2008, when he finished with 14 deep receptions (second most in the NFL) and 478 yards (fourth most) during the regular season.
  • In 2016, Godwin’s size and consistency helped him to earn a run blocking grade of 72.9 (19th in the nations for wide receivers). White displayed similar ability at the pro level, earning a career best run blocking grade of 78.5 in 2013, ranking eighth among NFL receivers.
  • Godwin had a passer rating of 135.1 when targeted (seventh among qualified Power 5 wide receivers) last year, and White had a wide receiver rating of 106.6 in 2010, ranked ninth out of 42 qualified receivers.

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  • Andre Taylor

    While i am not a fan of comparing young inexperienced players to established or pro-bowl players, mainly because it puts undue pressure on that player to try to live up to the comparisons. Instead of allowing that player to be themselves, the Bucs have taken their WR corps from a 1 man show to a multi talented overall group. Mike Evans is one of the top 5 WR’s in the NFL, however after Vincent Jackson went down with a season ending injury. Thats when it became just Evans and TE Cameron Brate show, however this off-season speedster Deshawn Jackson was added in free agency. Had the Bucs just added Jackson that would have been a major improvement, however it didn’t stop there. Tampa Bay was then blessed in this years draft that was already the deepest at the TE and WR position in history, the #1 TE in the whole draft fell into their laps 16th overall in O.J. Howard. Now QB Jameis Winston now had Evans, Jackson, Adam Humphries at the WR position, and TE’s Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard. GM Jason Licht could have stopped there and felt good that he had really improved his teams offense, however it is often the forward thinking of executives and GM’s that go unnoticed. Licht had the wisdom to realize that Deshawn Jackson has a history of missing games due to nagging injuries, which makes drafting Chris Godwin an excellent move. Godwin flew under the radar because of the depth at the WR position in this years class, it is no surprise that Godwin is getting praise in camp. At 6ft 1, 210lbs, Godwin is a very physical and strong receiver. He also has 4.44 speed and the ability to lineup inside and out, the Bucs offense is loaded. Although with so much talent in front of him, Godwin won’t take to many reps from Evans and Jackson. But don’t be surprised to see him rise to #3 on the depth chart and take over the slot position in the Bucs 3 WR sets.

    • Mike J.

      Yep. From what the media has reported, Chris has yet to earn a word from the coaches that wasn’t praise. Could turn out to be a draft-day steal. I keep remembering that Rose against USC….Lordy!!
      I can’t WAIT until camp!!

      • Andre Taylor

        Mike i am a diehard Baltimore Raven fan, however my parents bought a winter home in Florida. So Tampa is now my second team, lol, while i still dont feel former HC Lovie Smith got a fair shot. Dirk Koetter seems to be a bright offensive mind, and bringing in someone with Mike Smith’s experience and pedigree as the DC was an excellent hire. GM Jason Licht has had his ups and downs, however this off-season he did a magnificent job of restocking the roster with talent. While the offense is getting alot of well deserved hype, i think Licht improve the defense the most. It started last year, one of the most underrated qualities of a good GM is understanding what players fit the scheme of your team, not just talent. Signing CB Brent Grimes was a smart move. Vastly underrrated and fits well in the scheme that Mike Smith runs, Vernon Hargreaves will only get better, and with Ryan Smith back at his more natural position of CB. The Bucs have a solid trio of CB’s, taking a chance on Noah Spence was another solid addition. Every level of the defense improved this off-season, via either the draft or free agency. Starting with the resigning of William Gholston, who can line up inside or out. The signing big Chris Baker to play beside ALL-PRO Gerald McCoy will only free McCoy up even more. Baker is 6ft 2 and 325lbs, however he has quick feet and can get to the QB also. While most fans may not see the value in drafting NT Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, it was a smart pick. Tu’ikolovatu may has the size needed to play the nose in a 3-4 front, with McCoy and Robert Ayers at the DE spots. Giving Mike Smith the option to mix up his fronts and disguise what the defense is trying to do. The run defense will be much improved with the addition of Baker, Tu’ikolovatu to rotate fresh bodies on the interior. Gholston, Ayers, Spence and Jacques Smith will also give Smith fresh bodies to rotate on the outside. Tampa’s LB corps was already solid last year, however SLB Daryl Smith was a shell of his former self. MLB Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David form one of the fastest, and most instinctive, hard hitting LB’ing corps in the NFL. However both are a bit undersized, so drafting MLB Kendell Beckwith was a must. Beckwith is the big, strong, thumper that was needed to meet ball carriers in the hole. His presents will allow Alexander and David to play outside, using their quickness, speed and high football IQ’s to roam sideline to sideline and not get mauled by big offensive linemen. More than likely Beckwith will only play 1st and 2nd downs or obvious running situations, with Alexander and David as the Nickel and DIME LB’s. So far the front 7 has been given some much needed size and beef to improve the Bucs lackluster run defense. The secondary surely didn’t go unnoticed, although not great at either safety position, resigning SS Chris Conte was a good sound move. Conte is versatile enough to handle either safety position, cover TE’s and slide down in the slot and hold his own. The addition of SS J.J. Wilcox also gives another thumper up the middle, Wilcox is better served playing close to the line of scrimmage, acting as an additional LB in run support. In the 2nd round Licht selected one of the many impressive DB’s in a very deep class, FS Justin Evans at 6ft, 200lbs is a heat-seeking missile in the middle of the field. Showing good athleticism in coverage, he is a twitchy athlete who explodes out of his back-pedal in zone and man coveage, with the closing speed to eat up ground in a hurry. Although Evans will have the normal rookie growing pains, he has the speed and instincts that the Bucs have been missing on the back-end. Evans and Wilcox will form a nice safety duo, and allow Chris Conte to be the 3rd safety, with he is better suited. Slot CB Josh Robinson was also resigned, giving the secondary multiple options on the outside or the slot. Giving DC Mike Smith the ability to mix and match as needed, as i said every level of the defense got reinforcements. The offense will put up alot of points, the defense was decent last year. With the additions and another year in Mike Smith’s defense, those youngsters will only get better. I look forward to watching the Bucs this year, i wouldn’t be surprised at all if they win 10 to 11 games and be the one team no one wants to face in the first round of the playoffs.