The high-round selections of wideouts Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd puts Goodwin's status as a starting receiver in 2019 at risk.
Coach Kyle Shanahan tipped his hand prior to the draft when he praised Goodwin's ability to play at a high level at times, but also stated that he doesn't always need to be a starting receiver. The big-play wideout took a step backwards in production in 2018 (23 receptions for 395 yards and four touchdowns) and also missed five games due to injury. Given his down year and Shanahan's concerns regarding Goodwin's ability to be a true starting wideout, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the team spent two of its first three picks on receivers. Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area believes that Samuel could push for a starting job alongside Dante Pettis right off the bat, which could push Goodwin into a specialist role, where he is on the field for limited snaps for the occasional deep shot to stretch opposing defenses. A lot can happen between now and the start of the regular season, but Goodwin's stock is definitely lower than it was heading into last year's fantasy campaign.
Coach Kyle Shanahan suggested Goodwin won't necessarily be a starter in 2019, Joe Fann of the 49ers' official website reports. "You know, there hasn't been a consistency," Shanahan said Tuesday. "At times, [Goodwin and Kendrick Bourne] have played at a high level. They've been out there a lot as starting receivers, which I don't think always needs to be the case. I think we can get other guys in there to take the pressure off of them."
Goodwin followed his 2017 breakout with a disappointing 2018, missing five full games and parts of others due to an assortment of lower-body injuries and an unfortunate family situation. It doesn't appear any of the injuries was serious enough to impact his offseason preparation, but he nonetheless faces the prospect of competition with the 49ers opting for quantity over quality at wide receiver. In addition to Goodwin and Bourne, the team will give Dante Pettis, Jordan Matthews, Trent Taylor and Richie James a fair opportunity to earn significant roles. Goodwin isn't in any danger of losing his spot on the roster, as his 2019 base salary ($2.95 million) became fully guaranteed Monday, per overthecap.com. He wouldn't have much fantasy value without a starting job, but the 28-year-old speed demon could still be plenty useful for the 49ers as a lower-volume deep threat off the bench.
Goodwin (Achilles/calf) will not play in Sunday's game against the Rams, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Goodwin finished an injury-plagued season with 23 catches for 395 yards and four touchdowns on 43 targets in 11 games, barely making any noise outside of a 4-126-2 receiving line against the Packers in Week 6. He wasn't the best version of himself even when he managed to suit up, and it obviously didn't help that he caught passes from Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard instead of Jimmy Garoppolo (knee). The speedy 28-year-old should still have a place in the 49ers' long-term plan, with 2019 marking the first season of the three-year contract extension he signed in March. As for the immediate future, San Francisco is left with four healthy wide receivers for Week 17 -- Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor, Richie James and Steven Dunbar.
Goodwin (Achilles/calf) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's practice report, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Two of the three DNPs on Thursday have already been ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Rams -- Matt Breida (ankle) and Dante Pettis (knee) -- and Goodwin may join them with another absence Friday. If that comes to pass, the 49ers' receiving corps will be left in the hands of Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor, Richie James and Steven Dunbar.
Goodwin (calf/Achilles) will be held out of practice Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Prior to both of the 49ers' past two games, Goodwin tended to a calf injury but suited up anyway, combining for four receptions (on nine targets) for 36 yards. During the most-recent outing, he suffered what was termed an Achilles issue near its conclusion, but coach Kyle Shanahan later called it a bruised calf, per Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com. Whatever the nature of the concern, Shanahan said Goodwin's practice reps will be kept in check this week.
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||56||962||17.2||83||2||13||5||46|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||11||8||23||395||17.2||67||4||5||2||19|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||4||44||11.0||18||0||0||3|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||11||8||4||9||2.3||5||0||0||0|
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|2017||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||11||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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