What can The Eagles expect out of WR Marquise Goodwin?
Even though, the Eagles left the first round of the draft with the explosive playmaker that is Jalen Reagor; Eagles fans were still very unhappy about how the receiver position was being addressed in the draft. It was arguably the most talented receiver class in years. The Eagles had only selected one wide receiver with their first five picks.
Not to mention, the big controversy over drafting Jalen Hurts in the second round. Eagles fans all over were in a state of panic. How could Howie not capitalize on this draft class? Then came the trade. The Philadelphia Eagles acquired WR Marquise Goodwin and the 210th overall pick from the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the 190th overall pick.
DESEAN, REAGOR & GOODWIN HELL YEAH BROTHER. pic.twitter.com/qCae56Yvvs
— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) April 25, 2020
A pairing of DeSean, Reagor, and Goodwin is quite the track team. The Eagles offense will look a whole lot different this year. Without even mentioning the speedy receivers that were brought in, in the later rounds of the draft; John Hightower and Quez Watkins.
The focal points of the offense will still be Zach Ertz, sprinkled in with a healthy Desean and Miles Sanders in the backfield. Marquise Goodwin just needs to stay healthy and this offense will be so much better than last year. Goodwin brings exactly what the birds are looking for, speed. Goodwin ran a 4.27 40-yard dash at the combine in 2013.
He hasn’t really lost a step either. However, Goodwin has missed 12 games over the past two seasons. Goodwin’s best season came in 2017 where he had career highs in catches and yards. Goodwin recorded 56 catches for 962 yards. His production since then has been up and down.
Here are Marquise Goodwin’s complete receiving stats in his 7 year NFL career so far
Even with his inconsistent production, he still brings something to this Eagles offense, which was the slowest in the entire NFL last year. The Eagles aren’t asking him to be their WR1 or even WR2 for that matter. He will be asked to just fill a role that will greatly benefit the team and the offense. Goodwin will be able to do what he does best. That is burning corners off the line of scrimmage and taking routes to the second level.
Goodwin being on the field alone gives the Eagles offense so much balance. The constant worry and threat of Goodwin going long, will only make the run game and intermediate passing game that much better. Finally, the Eagles are putting speed around the franchise quarterback Carson Wentz. Swapping 6th round picks for Marquise Goodwin is a win-win scenario for the Eagles. If Goodwin provides anything close to what Torrey Smith did in 2017; the Eagles not only win that trade, but get a massive bargain as well.
— Steven Conrad Jr. (@StevenConradJr) May 5, 2020