Sure Hands: Former Penn State Receiver Chris Godwin Has the Lowest Drop Rate in the NFL Since 2015

By Nick Polak on January 16, 2020 at 11:55 am
Dec 1, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) makes a reception as Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Tre Herndon (37) defends during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field.
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Former Penn State and current Tampa Bay receiver wide receiver Chris Godwin was one the very best pass-catchers in the NFL this season. Despite missing the final two games of the regular season due to injury, Godwin's stats were ridiculous. He ended the regular season with 86 receptions, 1,333 yards, and 9 touchdowns. His career (2017-2019) numbers look even better – 179 receptions, 2,700 yards, 17 touchdowns.

Even more impressive than those numbers though, is his drop rate. To this point in his career, Godwin has been targeted 271 times and dropped just 2.2% of his passes. In other words, he's been on the hook for only about 6 dropped passes since entering the league. That puts him in rarified air.

Godwin made a name for himself in college with his versatility, route-running, and sure hands – all traits he's used to thrive in the NFL. The names that join him on this list are and were known for being some of the most dependable targets in the league, and Godwin is atop them all.

The former Penn Stater is headed to his first Pro Bowl for his efforts in 2019 and has become one of the more dependable and dynamic offensive threats the league has to offer. Whether he stays in Tampa after his rookie deal expires after the 2020 season or heads elsewhere, his future quarterback will always know they can count on him to make a play.

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