Buccaneers WR Suffers Another Injury, Gronk’s Role Increases in Win

Getty Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin suffers concussion.

In the first game this season that Chris Godwin and Mike Evans were both healthy and on the field together, the Buccaneers flashed their potential, demolishing the Broncos by a score of 28-10.

While the offense looked spry with all of its parts together, it didn’t last long. Godwin left the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. The severity of the injury is not known at this time.

“It’s never good to injure yourself and then fly for four hours or three hours – whatever it’s going to be – getting home. We’ll have to wait and see,” head coach Bruce Arians said of the injuries suffered by Godwin and cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, who suffered hamstring and groin injuries in the contest (via ESPN’s Jenna Laine).

Prior to leaving the game, Brady connected with Godwin on a 10-yard touchdown. He had a total of five catches for 64 yards on the day.

“A heck of a job by Chris [Godwin] getting it in the end zone and turning that into a touchdown,” Arians said of the play after the game (via the Taylor Jenkins of the Pewter Report). “We’ve started fast in every ball game. We get a lead and we have to develop a better finish, I won’t say a killer instinct, just a finish.”

Gronk Has His Best Game as a Buccaneer

If you listened to Rob Gronkowski’s comments earlier in the week, you’d wonder what he was doing on Sunday. Gronk told reporters that he had one job to do for the team.

“I’m a blocking tight end. I came here to block, baby,” Gronkowski joked on Friday (via Jenna Laine of ESPN.com).

The former Patriot entered the Week 3 contest with a total of just two catches on four targets, netting a measly 11 yards. On Sunday, Gronkowski put in extra work, catching six passes for 48 yards while leading the team in targets (seven).

“Again, this was one of those teams that was going to double-team Mike [Evans] the entire game and that opens it up for the guys inside,” Arians said. “So I really liked the way that we improved in that area, getting the guys open and catching the ball and delivering it to them. If they’re going to double Mike, those guys have to show up.”

Tom Brady looked sharp when targeting Gronk and his other weapons throughout the game. There were some that believed Brady could no longer throw the ball down the field and the 43-year-old quieted some of those concerns on Sunday, tossing three touchdowns while going 25-for-38 passing on his way to 297 yards.

Arians called this Brady’s most impressive game as a Buccaneer. “I think so far for sure. We put a lot on him today and he delivered,” Arians said.

Buccaneers Upcoming Schedule

  • Week 4 – Los Angeles Chargers
  • Week 5 – Chicago Bears
  • Week 6 – Green Bay Packers
  • Week 7 – Oakland Raiders
  • Week 8 – New York Giants
  • Week 9 – New Orleans Saints
  • Week 10 – Carolina Panthers
  • Week 11 – Los Angeles Rams
  • Week 12 – Kansas City Chiefs
  • Week 13 – BYE
  • Week 14 – Minnesota Vikings
  • Week 15 – Atlanta Falcons
  • Week 16 – Detroit Lions
  • Week 17 – Atlanta Falcons

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