Marquise Goodwin might be better off sticking to track and field than playing in the NFL. His career with the Bills hasn't really taken off, and he only appeared in two games in 2015 after being placed on injured reserve with a rib injury. For his career, Goodwin has just 20 catches for 349 yards and three touchdowns over three seasons, but he could qualify for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this year in the long jump. If that happens, Goodwin will miss Buffalo's offseason program, and his production in 2016 will surely suffer. He's not worth drafting in the majority of leagues this year.
Goodwin strained his hamstring during the trials for the U.S. Olympic long jump team, ESPN.com reports. "I strained my hamstring a little bit yesterday,'' Goodwin said. "I did better than I expected today. I didn't expect to jump six times. I thought I would come in and do one jump. But after the first jump, I thought I would be pretty good. I just pushed through it. That's the football part of me coming through.'' We'll see if the football part of Goodwin can come through when he gets back with his Bills teammates after focusing on the long jump most of this season. Goodwin had been injury-prone in his career so far, and he's not big enough to generate separation from most defensive backs. The one thing he does have is world class speed, though the Bills might choose to use rookie Kolby Listenbee if they decide to keep an all-out burner on the roster.
Goodwin has failed in his bid to make the U.S. Olympic team in the long jump BuffaloBills.com reports. Goodwin was thought to have a good shot to make the team, but he didn't perform this weekend as well as he had earlier in the year. He'll likely now turn his immediate attention to making the Bills, which is no sure thing either given the large number of receivers expected to compete this summer.
Goodwin remains away from the team as he tries to qualify for the U.S. team in the long jump, BuffaloBills.com reports. While the team publicly is offering support for the speedster - who has the longest jump on record this calendar year in the world - he's been incredibly injury prone in his career and hasn't shown an ability to get away from physical defensive backs. With the team having high hopes for rookie Kilby Listenbee (we'd pay to see a race between him and the Olympic hopeful), Goodwin may be on the outside looking in by the time his Olympic quest is over.
Goodwin (ribs) could be replaced by sixth-round rookie Kolby Listenbee, The Buffalo News reports. Though he should be fully recovered from the rib injury that held him out for the majority of last season, Goodwin may miss part of training camp if he qualifies for the upcoming Summer Olympics. Even if he doesn't qualify for Rio, Goodwin will likely be on the roster bubble as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.
The Bills placed Goodwin (ribs) on injured reserve Tuesday. Goodwin injured his ribs Sunday for the second time this season, and his placement on injured reserve will prevent him from playing again in 2015. It's not clear how long Goodwin will need to recover from his latest setback, but he is still under contract next season, so he figures to participate in the Bills' offseason activities once he is back at 100 percent.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||New York Jets||19||22.75|
|4||10/02||@New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|5||10/09||@Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|6||10/16||San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|8||10/30||New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|17||01/01||@New York Jets||19||22.75|
|3 Year Avg||14||7||116||1||5||16.57||17|