The San Francisco 49ers overhauled their wide receiver depth chart this offseason, signing Pierre Garçon, Marquise Goodwin, and Aldrick Robinson, and drafting Trent Taylor. Garçon is the big name, and Taylor has been one of the standout rookies, but Goodwin could be emerging as a potential big weapon.
For the third straight practice, Goodwin came away with a big touchdown. According to 49ers team reporter Joe Fann, Goodwin hauled in a 60-yard touchdown. The 49ers have done a good job of posting video, so we’ll wait and see if anything pops up.
There is no doubting Goodwin’s speed, which was enough to get him into the Olympics. However, in his four seasons in the NFL, Goodwin has never emerged as a consistent threat. Kyle Shanahan did big work with Taylor Gabriel and his speed, so the hope in adding Goodwin is that the 49ers will make creative use of his speed.
It is of course worth noting that his touchdowns have seemingly come against the second cornerback, not Rashard Robinson. That will be something to track over the next two weeks, but particularly when the the preseason schedule gets underway.
In the meantime, it seems like Goodwin’s confidence is growing. He spoke to the media on Saturday, and talked about improving his skillset. He said, “I’m constantly evolving as a receiver. I come out, I do what I’m told. I fix the little things that I need to when I’m watching film. And it’s continuing to show.”
Goodwin has the skillset to do some big things for the 49ers offense. Now it’s a matter of seeing how it evolves the more pads are on, and the more the competition increases.