Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Marquise Goodwin showcased his electrifying speed during the preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts with two impressive returns, including a 107-yard touchdown. Goodwin was a track star in college with the Texas Longhorns and didn’t have too much college production, but he has so much speed and upside. The Bills have to be impressed with what Goodwin has done in August, as he’s had a strong camp and had those aforementioned returns against the Colts.
Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett praised Goodwin not too long ago, and now WGR 550 Buffalo’s Joe Buscaglia writes that Goodwin had another long reception at practice today. Buscaglia states that Marquise Goodwin has consistently gotten open deep downfield, and the speedster was able to make the haul against coverage from Credzon Butler and converted safety Aaron Williams. Goodwin is taking advantage of injuries to Stevie Johnson and T.J. Graham (both threw passes to each other during practice), and Buscaglia writes that he has been “flourishing”, which is certainly high praise.
Goodwin is going to make an immediate impact to the Buffalo Bills as a returner, and that impact and big-play ability on special teams cannot be understated. The fact that he also looks ready to be an impact deep threat in certain situations is also promising, and it looks like he is out performing expectations early on. It will be interesting to see if he or Da’Rick Rogers receives more snaps, but don’t expect too much playing time at receiver from Goodwin as a rookie. He could get more time if he continues to “flourish”, but the Bills will feel his impact when he’s on the field (I would consider him a quality No. 5 receiver for now, but he could be more).