TAMPA BAY – One of the bigger stories surrounding the Buccaneers’ offseason has nothing to do with what’s happening on the field and everything to do with what’s happening away from it.

Chris Godwin, arguably the team’s most important skill player, is currently rehabbing the ACL he tore against the Saints back in December. The hope is that he’ll be ready by training camp. However, the Buccaneers’ star wideout said back in March that he doesn’t have a timetable when it comes to his return, leaving the Bucs’ faithful with only the aforementioned hope in regard to his return.

“He’s coming along,” Bowles told reporters Tuesday. “Obviously, he’s better than where he was, but he’s not where he needs to be. But he’s coming along. He works hard.”

Bowles’ response is purely coach speak, but the fact that he said Godwin is “coming along” and there was no mention of any kind of setback, swelling, etc. is good news.

In regard to a timetable, Bowles pretty much said what Godwin said back in March.

“When he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go,” said Bowles. “We don’t put a timetable on it.”

The Buccaneers are smart to go against placing a timetable on Godwin’s return. Mike Vrabel, the head coach of the Tennessee Titans, has a similar strategy. Mainly, it’s to avoid placing undue/indirect pressure on the player to return. Obviously, players want to get back on the field as quickly as possible, but at the same time, they don’t need to rush back from major injuries. Declining to place a timetable keeps that pressure off the player(s), which helps prevent a premature return.

In fact, Godwin’s return to the field is the milestone that matters most to Bowles and the Buccaneers, for obvious reasons.

“He’s reached a milestone when he gets back on the field,” said Bowles.

You can watch Bowles’ full interview below:

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