Tom Brady, new Bucs teammate Chris Godwin work on their timing virtually

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In New England, Tom Brady had Julian Edelman, a wide receiver with whom he practically forged a psychic connection over their 10 seasons together on a football field.

Now Brady will seek to establish a similar rapport in Tampa, a feat complicated by limitations placed on everyone by the novel coronavirus. After signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady wasted no time in trying to get to know one of his targets, wide receiver Chris Godwin, via FaceTime.

“Really it’s literally just getting to know each other,” Godwin told Ros Gold-Onwude of The Boardroom. “Just early introductory things. Just trying to get a feel for who we are as people more than anything else. We didn’t talk ball or anything; really just about how excited we both are to play with each other.”

That’s in line with what reportedly was Brady’s sole request after signing with Tampa Bay: obtaining the contact information for each of his new teammates.

“For me, I’m just going to learn,” Godwin said. “You know, learn as much as I can from somebody who’s arguably the GOAT [greatest of all time], and I’m just ready to roll.”

Godwin brings to the relationship a strong 2019 season in which he caught 86 passes for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns. He got off on the right foot with Brady, offering up his No. 12 to the quarterback. It’s a number the receiver has had since high school.

“Honestly I wish there was [another significant number], like I wish I had a second or third go-to, you know, to kind of fall back on,” Godwin said. “But really, the only number that’s had any significance to me has always just been 12. So, whatever number I would go to would just be something completely different. But it’s cool, though.”

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