The Buccaneers like versatile contributors, on both offense and defense



While preparing for the NFL Draft, wanted to seek out the best. He found that when he connected with former NFL All Pro and one of his idols, Calvin Johnson. Johnson worked with Godwin as he trained for the NFL Scouting Combine, helped the Penn State alumni earn a spot on the Buccaneers’ roster as a third-round draft pick.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers like versatile contributors, on both offense and defense. In the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers got another such player: Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin.

Godwin, the 84th player selected overall, may need that versatile because Tampa Bay management has suddenly done a remarkable job of amassing targets for the 23-year-old rising-star quarterback, Jameis Winston. With the free agency addition of wide receiver DeSean Jackson and the surprising first-round pick of tight end O.J. Howard on Thursday, the Bucs can trot out any number of potent offensive packages, also including Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Evans, pass-catching tight end Cameron Brate and productive slot receiver Adam Humphries.

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For players like wide receiver Chris Godwin, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ third-round pick in last week’s draft, Friday’s field session was essentially the beginning of a dream. Godwin, who excelled at Penn State, put his foot into the One Buc place grass and took the first quick steps in his NFL path.

Cooper doesn’t have a spot on that 90-man roster yet but the Bucs could probably use experienced help at the receiver position. Even though they added DeSean Jackson in free agency and Chris Godwin in the draft, there should be quite a bit of competition to fill out the back half of the depth chart. Right now, those competitors include Freddie Martino, Donteea Dye, Bernard Reedy and Derel Walker.

no longer suits up on Sundays, but football is still a big part of his life. After retiring from an 11-year career with the Buccaneers, Alstott, a member of the team’s Ring of Honor, has taken up coaching in the Tampa Bay area. Alstott currently serves as the head coach of Northside Christian High School in St. Petersburg, where his son is the team’s starting quarterback.

Mike Alstott, one of the most popular players ever to don a Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey, has made the Bay area his home and raised a family in the community that embraced him. Alstott was Chicago-born and raised, however, and that implies a certain ethos of toughness and passion, particularly on the football field.

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Former Buccaneer teammates Mike Alstott, Derrick Brooks and Dave Moore have sons who, at the very least, will be following in their footsteps as far as playing college football. For Alstott and Brooks, their sons will even be attending their own alma maters. Whether that leads to careers in the NFL, and specifically with the Bucs, remains to be seen and is ultimately irrelevant. What pleases the three former Bucs the most is that their children will get to experience college football while also pursuing higher education. Nike Buccaneers #40 Mike Alstott Black Youth Stitched NFL Limited 2016 Salute to Service Jersey

On Wednesday, the Buccaneers signed veteran cornerback Robert McClain, who has primarily played for Atlanta and Carolina since entering the league in 2010. McClain has more experience than most of the team’s cornerback reserves, with 80 games played and 23 starts, and he specifically has experience in Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith’s system. McClain played three seasons in Atlanta (2012-14), all while Smith was the head coach.

The linebacker position even has an open starting spot, as free agent Daryl Smith has not been re-signed. Smith started at strongside linebacker for the Buccaneers in 2016; now that spot will likely be a competition between such players as 2016 draftee Devante Bond, 2017 third-round pick and holdovers Cameron Lynch and Adarius Glanton. Still, Brown, Bullough and Magloire can dream not only of making the team but perhaps making a quick impact on defense.

Of the Buccaneers’ six draft picks, four were able to participate in rookie mini-camp. McNichols, the Bucs’ fifth-round pick, and Kendell Beckwith, who Tampa Bay selected in the third round, were both sidelined as they recover from injuries. McNichols hopes to be back for the start of training camp while Beckwith, who suffered a torn ACL at the end of the 2016 season, wouldn’t put a timetable on his return. “It’s hard just having to watch everybody,” McNichols said, “but at the same time I’ve just got to trust the process and get back when I can.”

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