TAMPA, Fla. – Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Friday that he thinks Pro Bowl wide receiver Chris Godwin will play against the Green Bay Packers after losing two games with a hamstring injury.
“I think Godwin is going,” Arians said. “Chris practiced most of the week and this was the best he looked at for a moment. He still hurts, but he got in front of the quarterback and showed that he got what he needed for this ballgame. It was nice to see him at out there because people do not realize how much of our guilt is. “
Godwin, who has not been trained since suffering an injury on Week 3, leads the Bucs with 84.6% receiving percentage and 27.3% receiving percentage in 20-plus yard plays. He is mainly used in space, with his greatest external impact.
His 1,333 receiving yards, in just 14 games, was third in the NFL last season.
In addition to Godwin, the Arians said WR Scotty Miller (hip / groin), WR Mike Evans (ankle), CB Carlton Davis (abdomen), safety Jordan Whitehead (knee), RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) ) and DL Khalil Davis (ankle) will be decisions during the game.
Godwin and fellow Pro Bowl receiver Evans were together on the field for just two of the team’s five games this season due to injuries. Godwin missed Week 2 after suffering a lump in the Bucs opener.
“He’s a premier outside receiver and a key space. There are very few people who can play across the field and fewer blocks like he blocks,” the Arians said of Godwin. “[He] Set up play-action and set the tempo because he is a great run-after-catch guy. He can deepen.
“He’s a very strange animal. He’s big in the screen game, he’s big under the things he brings home. There are very few men like him in this league.”
Wide receivers Justin Watson and Tyler Johnson, who led the team with four catches in the 61 yards last week after failing to catch a pass from Tom Brady earlier, also missed games on time ito.
“I think the hard part is Tom doesn’t see the guys in training, you know, until the end of the week,” Arians said. “… Sometimes it can be really, really hard [quarterbacks], especially the one who has not been with these people for so long. It presents a lot of problems, but we do. Tom runs here. He did a great job with some of those kids. “
On the other side of the ball, as the Bucs cope with the loss of top defensive tackle Vita Vea, their second could be short against the Packers on Sunday. Whitehead was limited Wednesday and did not train Thursday, while Davis missed Wednesday and was limited Thursday.
Davis tied for the league that led to three interceptions, while Whitehead played more snaps in range than any other safety on the team.
“Very critical,” the Arians said of Davis. “He’s our top corner and his normal shadow is the best receiver from the other team. Our fingers are crossed. He got a job [Friday], moved smoothly, twisted slightly and not painless but tolerable. We still got 48 hours. “