Hamilton Tiger-Cats add wide receiver with NFL, College Football Playoff experience


Published September 12, 2022 at 11:40 am

Terry Godwin, whose NFL path was diverted by a foot injury, is the newest member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The Ticats (3-9), whose season might be at the fork between rallying to cadge an East Divison playoff spot and beginning evaluations for 2023, announced Monday that they have signed Godwin. The 25-year-old wide receiver, whom not so long ago was the leading receiver on a Georgia Bulldogs team that nearly won the College Football Playoff national championship, was released by the NFL’s Tennessee Titans on Aug. 22. The Hogansville, Ga., native spent the previous three seasons (2019-21) with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but appeared in just three games there.

Last season, Godwin ended up on Jacksonville’s injured reserve with an ailment that required a foot cast, and sat out the season.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of Hogansville, Ga., was originally selected by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round (237 overall) the 2019 NFL draft.

The first point of reference with Godwin might be his college tenure with Georgia. The Bulldogs are currently the reigning CFP champions. Godwin played 54 games across for seasons at Georgia (2015-18), making 133 receptions for 1,788 yards and 11 touchdowns.

In 2017, Godwin helped the Bulldogs reach the CFP championship game. He led the Bulldogs with 639 receiving yards while playing in an offence that included current NFL rushing and receiving threats Nick Chubb (Cleveland Browns), Sony Michel (Los Angeles Chargers) D’Andre Swift (Detroit Lions) and Mecole Hardman (Kansas City). Georgia lost the CFP championship game to the Alabama Crimson Tide, whose two quarterbacks, Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles) and Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins), are both now NFL starters.

The move comes as the Tiger-Cats enter the final third of the Canadian Football League regular season a full two games behind the Montréal Alouettes for the presumptive last East playoff berth. Hamilton also has to host the two-time defending Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers this Saturday (Sept. 17, 4 p.m., TSN/RDS/Ticats Audio Network).

The Montréal Alouettes (5-7) have a two-game lead over both Hamilton and the Ottawa Redblacks (3-9) in the second-place race.

The Tiger-Cats have the rubber match of their season series at Montréal on Sept. 23. They will wrap the regular season with a home-and-away series against Ottawa (Oct. 21 at home, Oct. 29 away).

Montréal plays five of its last six games within the East. Its only inter-division matchup is on the road, but against the last-place Edmonton Elks.

The fourth-place West team, which is presently the Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-7), crosses over to be the third seed in the East if they have an outright better record than the latter division’s third-place team.

Saskatchewan visits Hamilton on Oct. 7.

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