The 49ers and Goodwin officially came to terms on a two-year contract Thursday. In essence, Goodwin will be tasked with filling the Taylor Gabriel role as Kyle Shanahan takes his offense from Atlanta to San Francisco. Unfortunately for Goodwin, he won't be afforded luxuries like Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, or an RB tandem like Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. However, new 49ers signal-caller Brian Hoyer has impressed over the last few campaigns, and Goodwin will be surrounded by running back Carlos Hyde (knee), wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Jeremy Kerley, and tight end Vance McDonald (shoulder), meaning the 26-year burner will have a chance to make his presence felt as a deep threat.
The 49ers are expected to sign Goodwin when free agency opens, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. In the midst of the NFL's two-day window to contact unrestricted free agents, the 49ers have agreed to terms with Pierre Garcon, Brian Hoyer, and now Goodwin. When examining Goodwin's potential to succeed under the direction of new head honcho Kyle Shanahan, the speedy wideout will be tasked with stretching the field in conjunction with Garcon on the outside and Jeremy Kerley in the slot. The preceding should help Goodwin surpass his career-best totals from last season, when he racked up 29 receptions (on 68 targets) for 431 yards and three touchdowns as a member of the Bills.
Goodwin finished the 2016 season with career highs across the board in catches (29), targets (68), yards (431), and touchdown catches (three, tied with his 2013 rookie season). Goodwin almost didn't make the team after he spent much of the year trying to make the U.S. Olympic track and field squad, yet he surprisingly ended up leading all Buffalo wideouts in snap counts with 634. That shows just how banged up the receiving corps was all season, as the speedster is more of a No. 3 or No. 4 wideout at best. He's set to hit free agency in March, so we'll see if the Bills and the new coaching staff make a pitch to bring him back.
Goodwin caught three of four targets for 43 yards during Sunday's win over the Browns. Even though he's the No. 3 wideout now that Sammy Watkins is healthy again, Goodwin did see 79 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday. However, the Bills have the least lethal passing attack in the league, and Goodwin hasn't caught more than four balls in any game this season while failing to score since Week 7. He's a fun, speedy player when he gets the ball, but those times are far too infrequent for him to offer fantasy value.
Goodwin (wrist) had four receptions on seven targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 38-24 loss at Oakland. Tyrod Taylor couldn't connect with Goodwin on any big plays, as his long gain went for just 12 yards. The speedy wideout wasn't 100 percent heading into the game with a wrist injury, but somewhat missed a golden opportunity, as Robert Woods (knee) and Percy Harvin (illness) did not play. If you need Goodwin next week, he'll be up against the Steelers.
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