Chris Godwin

Tom Brady shares perfect line Chris Godwin dropped to get on QB's good side

Tom Brady shares perfect line Chris Godwin dropped to get on QB's good side

Chris Godwin has a history with No. 12 and initially seemed reluctant to part with the jersey number he'd worn since high school.

But he's also a smart man.

That's why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver gladly switched to No. 14 last month to allow new quarterback Tom Brady to keep the number he'd literally built a brand around with the New England Patriots.

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That switch is paying off for Godwin, who apparently earned brownie points from Brady for how he handled the situation.

"You know what I love about Chris?” Brady said Thursday on NFL Network's NFL Draft-a-Thon, which raised money for coronavirus relief. "He called me up and one of the best things he ever said was, 'You know what, Tom? If I was in your position and a young player had (my number), I would want them to give it to me.'

"That shows you the kind of maturity a third-year, going-into-his-fourth-year player has. And that tells me what kind of person he is, what kind of teammate he is. So I was very, very impressed by that."

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Sounds like Brady has a new favorite receiver.

It also helps that Godwin has tons of talent: The 24-year-old finished third in the NFL in receiving yards last season with 1,333 and along with wideout Mike Evans combined for more receiving yards than New England's top five receivers combined in 2019.

Godwin recently admitted it will be challenging for he and Brady to develop football chemistry while socially distant amid the coronavirus pandemic. But the young wideout is off to a good start on the off-field chemistry portion of the equation.

Bucs' Chris Godwin explains unique challenge of meshing with Tom Brady

Bucs' Chris Godwin explains unique challenge of meshing with Tom Brady

Chris Godwin should benefit from having the greatest quarterback of all time throw him passes.

But that doesn't mean the transition from Jameis Winston to Tom Brady will be seamless -- especially during this offseason.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver confirmed Thursday he hasn't met Brady in person since the quarterback left the New England Patriots last month to join the Bucs in free agency.

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"The only thing I’ve been able to do so far is our initial phone conversations," Godwin told The Associated Press' Fred Goodall. "I’m looking forward to whenever we can talk (after) this virus calms down."

The coronavirus pandemic has closed all NFL facilities, while social distancing measures have prevented players from linking up to work out.

Godwin thought about preparing mentally for life with Brady by talking to wideouts who played with the ex-Patriots QB -- then realized that exercise would be futile, too.

"At the end of the day, I’m a completely different person than anybody he’s played with, and he’s a completely different quarterback than any quarterback I’ve played with," Godwin said. "It’s going to be really hard for somebody to tell me something that’s going to directly relate to me."

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We'd imagine there's some insight a former Brady wideout could give Godwin (and there are plenty of former Brady wideouts).

The 24-year-old makes a fair point, though: No current or recent Patriots receiver has Godwin's unique blend of speed, athleticism and route-running ability that helped him finish third in the NFL in receiving yards (1,333) last season.

And to state the obvious, Winston is no Brady: The gunslinging QB threw more interceptions last season (30) than Brady has in his previous four seasons combined.

Brady isn't the easiest QB to work with, either, as many Patriots wideouts have flamed out in his demanding offense. But Godwin -- who got off on the right foot by giving Brady his No. 12 uniform -- will do his best by continuing his phone chats with the 42-year-old.

"I think the biggest thing in terms of getting adjusted will be having conversations with Tom and trying to get a feel for what he likes from receivers and what he expects and make sure we’re on the same page," Godwin said.

Why Bucs' uniform reveal was a bit awkward for Tom Brady, Chris Godwin

Why Bucs' uniform reveal was a bit awkward for Tom Brady, Chris Godwin

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enlisted their star wide receiver to help unveil their sharp new uniforms.

Makes sense, right? It did ... until Tom Brady showed up.

Buccaneers wideout Chris Godwin joined linebackers Devin White and Lavonte David to model new threads for 2020 that the team revealed Tuesday in a hype video.

The one issue: Godwin is wearing No. 12 in the video -- the same No. 12 he allowed Brady to take when the former New England Patriots quarterback signed with Tampa Bay in free agency.

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This discrepancy didn't go unnoticed on Twitter, which let the Bucs have it over their mix-up:

The blowback was enough for the Bucs to set the record straight: They filmed this hype video before Brady signed, and before Godwin had switched to No. 14.

This checks out, as all photos on the team's website feature Godwin rocking No. 14 in the new uniform.

We don't know how long ago the video was filmed, but the fact that Godwin appears wearing No. 12 is a good indicator the Bucs really weren't serious suitors for Brady until the final few days before free agency.

It sounds like there's no hard feelings between Godwin and Brady over the jersey change, though -- and both No. 12 and No. 14 should sell very well on the team's website.