TAMPA ― Not knowing which players will be available on offense until game day has been like putting together a jigsaw puzzle blindfolded for the Bucs this season.But the most critical piece may be receiver Chris Godwin, who has played in only two games and 35 percent of the offensive snaps due to a concussion and hamstring injury.“He’s a premier outside receiver and a premier slot (receiver),” coach Bruce Arians said. “I mean, there’s very, very few of those guys who can play all over the field and very few block like he blocks and sets up the play-action and sets the tempo. ... He’s big in the screen game. Underneath stuff that he takes to the house. Very few guys are like him in this league.”In his first year in Arians' offense, Godwin led the Bucs in receiving last season with 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns and was named to his first Pro Bowl.While the passing game may still run through Mike Evans, who has had six straight 1,000-yard seasons, the Bucs are considerably better when he is paired with Godwin’s strength and versatility.Both Godwin and Evans are expected to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, giving the Bucs their dynamic duo of receivers for only the third time this season.“I thought Chris practiced the majority of the week, and it’s the best he’s looked in a while,” Arians said.“He’s still sore, but he was able to get in front of the quarterback and show that he’s got what he needs to have for this ballgame. It was good to see him out there, because people don’t realize how big of a part of our offense he is.”Evans began the season at New Orleans with a hamstring strain and did not know if he could play until right before kickoff. That same game, Godwin suffered a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit by Saints safety D.J. Swearinger.That forced Godwin to miss the Bucs' 31-17 win over Carolina in which Evans had seven catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.Godwin returned the next week at Denver and contributed five catches for 64 yards and a touchdown in a 28-10 win over the Broncos. But late in the game, he suffered the hamstring injury that has kept him out of the lineup ever since.Without Godwin, quarterback Tom Brady has fewer reliable targets to work the middle of the field.Just as troubling is the fact that Evans was a game-day decision at New Orleans and at Chicago due to hamstring and ankle injuries, respectively.“It’s been unfortunate,” Evans said. “Obviously, there’s been a lot of injuries around the league, myself included. I’m a guy that likes to practice and get that repetition in. I play receiver, (so) I have to be in shape to get the timing down with the quarterbacks and get that look and get that feel for the games. ...It’s just been unfortunate, and hopefully it can turn around and we can start getting healthy on the back end of the season.”Although injuries are a part of the game, it’s certainly not the scenario that Brady hoped for when he signed with the Bucs.Combine that with a revolving door of injured running backs with the exception of Ronald Jones, and you have the reason for the up-and-down nature of Brady’s performance.“It’s really hard,” Arians said. “(Offensive coordinator) Byron (Leftwich) does a good job. I think the harder part is Tom not seeing those guys in practice until late in the week. So he missed Wednesday, miss Thursday, get limited reps on Friday and try to play in a ballgame. So he’s throwing to other guys. It poses a lot of problems, but we’re working through it and Tom is working through it. He’s really doing a good job with those guys, too.”Unfortunately, Godwin and Evans aren’t the only Bucs receivers who have missed time with injuries. Justin Watson didn’t play against the Broncos and Bears due to chest and shoulder injuries. Scotty Miller has been battling hip/groin injuries, and while he hasn’t missed any games, he did not receive a target at Chicago.That’s left Brady to try and make plays throwing the football to players such as receivers Cyril Grayson, Jaydon Mickens, rookie Tyler Johnson and tight end Tanner Hudson.“I think he’s dialed in really, really hard,” Arians said of Brady. “When you start losing the pieces of the puzzle that you’ve worked with and start adding new pieces, it takes a little time. I thought he did a great job of incorporating Mickens, Grayson, Hudson and all of them in the game plan last week and was not afraid to throw them the ball. Ke’Shawn (Vaughn) has evolved. Tyler has evolved. So he’s got a lot of trust in these guys and, hopefully when he gets back to full speed, we’ll see how it goes.”The Packers will benefit from the return Sunday of receiver Devante Adams, who missed the last two and a half games with a hamstring injury.Points will be at a premium against the Packers. Having Godwin and Evans available to play again may help even the score.“The tough part for us the past couple weeks is that we’re really going into games not really knowing who’s going to be there until game day,” Leftwich said. “It’s my job to put these guys in position regardless of who we have. I think with all the guys being down, we still could’ve done enough to win that football game last week. We didn’t. ... We’ve just got to be ready for whatever circumstances come our way."