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How fast did Goodwin run 107 yards?

Posted by Chris Brown on August 11, 2013 – 9:42 pm

Marquise Goodwin ran his 107-yd KOR in 13 seconds on Sunday against the Colts. That’s a bit off the pace that he ran his 40-time in February (4.27) , but returning a kick is a bit different than straight sprinting.

Goodwin has to read his blocks and the coverage, avoid 11 guys trying to drop him and he’s wearing full pads and a helmet. Add in the fact that he geared down for the last 25 yards and you wonder how fast the time could have been.

“My coach calls it a pro glide so I pro glid, is that how you’d say it, I glided through the end zone,” said Goodwin, who did not have any ideas for a celebration after scoring. “I didn’t really have any creative thoughts in my head to do anything in the end zone so I just jogged off the field.”

Ironically the last 20 yards of Goodwin’s run down the left sideline was right next to where the receiver ran his 40 time at the NFL Combine in February in Lucas Oil Stadium, which was a 2013 best 4.27.


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Goodwin: I’m bringing it out every time

Posted by Chris Brown on August 11, 2013 – 9:25 pm

The fact that Marquise Goodwin was seven yards deep in the end zone on the kickoff he would wind up taking all the way back for a touchdown Sunday in Buffalo’s 44-20 win over Indianapolis didn’t seem to be an issue for him. As long as he’s still in the field of play how deep he’s sitting in the end zone when he fields a kickoff is irrelevant for him.

“I’m bringing it out every time,” said Goodwin regarding kick returns. “Until the other returner (fullback) Frank (Summers) keeps me in I’m bringing it out every time. So in my mind I’m thinking, yeah I’m going to take this one.”

That’s exactly what Goodwin did on Sunday. The irony of his return, which he took up the middle of the field before busting his tail to the left sideline was the call for the play was to the other side of the field.

“It was actually a right middle return. It just kind of happened that way,” said Goodwin.

Goodwin also had a 53-yard return that he almost took all the way back. Safety Ashante Williams was able to make an ankle tackle from behind on Goodwin near midfield, which surprised Goodwin.

“It was a little different for me,” he said. “It was a good blocking scheme by the guys. They fought for me and I just ran and did the best I could. Somebody kind of got my ankles at the end.”

Goodwin averaged 80 yards on his two returns.


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Rookie debuts today

Posted by Chris Brown on August 11, 2013 – 8:10 am

With a draft class that’s expected to make strong contributions to the team this season Sunday will be an important first test for Buffalo’s rookies. Second-round pick Kiko Alonso could further solidify his lock on the starting middle linebacker role with a strong performance and receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin have performed well in camp practices. They’re both looking to carry that into the preseason game today.

The younger receivers are expected to get much more playing time with Stevie Johnson out with a hamstring injury.

“I think this opportunity is great for us rookies to come in and all the other receivers as well,” said Woods. “It is a great opportunity to put more on film and get more reps. Stevie is down right now, more stuff to put on film for the coaches to look at for their review.”

“I’m super excited,” said Goodwin. “A life-long dream ever since I was a little kid nine-years old and started playing football I told my mom I was going to the Olympics and then play in the NFL. So my dream is coming true and I finally get the opportunity. So I’m really excited.”


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Goodwin showing some hands

Posted by Chris Brown on August 6, 2013 – 12:37 am

He didn’t catch every pass that was thrown to him Monday night, but he made the big plays when the offense needed them most. Marques Goodwin had a 65-yard touchdown in the live scrimmage and a spectacular fourth down conversion catch along the right sideline that brought the crowd to its feet.

Head coach Doug Marrone along with the college scouting department didn’t have a whole lot to go on in terms of game tape to ascertain whether Goodwin had consistent hands when it came to catching the ball. With what Marrone and the offensive staff has seen so far, they sound less concerned about it.

“I’ll tell you when we first got him we all knew about his speed. I didn’t know about the consistency of the hands prior to getting him. I’ll tell you what, if there’s one thing you’ve seen from him that you haven’t seen from the college film, he’s been much more consistent with his hands and really making some tough catches and he’s been doing that through the camp,” said Marrone. “When you have someone with that type of speed and he’s able to make those types of catches that’s a good situation for us on offense.”

Goodwin was happy to make a big fourth down play, even strutting a bit after making it.

“I think it’s a pretty good spot (to make a play),” said Goodwin. “We got a lot of talent in the receiver room. We’re just trying to utilize everybody the best way we can. If you get an opportunity out here to make a play, you got to go up for it and go get it. That’s what happened on the fourth down play, I just went up and got it out of the air.”

Goodwin was twisting and contorting his body while leaping to make the catch and come down with it despite tight coverage from Leodis McKelvin.


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WR Sinkfield might be faster than Goodwin

Posted by Chris Brown on August 3, 2013 – 2:45 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said on Saturday that he was “very comfortable” with the speed they have at the receiver position right now. Just hours after making that statement however, the Bills signed one of the fastest undrafted wideouts in the country.

Buffalo signee Terrell Sinkfield, an undrafted rookie out of Northern Iowa, reportedly ran a 4.19 40-time at the University of Minnesota pro day. We passed it along to Bills fans the day it happened back in March. His first 40 time was a 4.27, which would match Buffalo’s Marquise Goodwin. After clocking the 4.19 on his second attempt, NFL clubs made him run a third 40 to legitimize the eye-popping time. Problem was Sinkfield stumbled on his third attempt… and ran a 4.41, which is what T.J. Graham ran at the NFL Combine.

Sinkfield isn’t just a go-route guy. He fights for the ball in traffic, catches the ball well outside his body frame, has great feet along the sidelines and end lines and ran a good number of crossing routes. He played at a lower level of college ball, but he’s been in the NFL setting having signed after the draft with Miami and later Green Bay. Here’s a closer look at Sinkfield’s 4.19 40.

 

 

 

 


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Draft day for Goodwin special with sister

Posted by Chris Brown on June 23, 2013 – 10:20 am

Bills third-round pick Marques Goodwin has a special bond with his younger sister Deja, who has cerebral palsy, as profiled on Buffalobills.com. On draft day all three of Goodwin’s younger sisters were in attendance, but it may have been Deja that was the most excited when her brother was picked by the Buffalo Bills.

“It was an exciting time for everybody, not just my sister. She kind of knew what was going on and she was excited,” Goodwin told Buffalobills.com. “When everybody else was excited she was even more excited. It was great energy being around all the people that I love. That was a special day.”

Goodwin calls his younger sister his greatest inspiration.


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Bills rookie cards

Posted by Chris Brown on May 29, 2013 – 1:23 pm

A few of the members of Buffalo’s rookie draft class were on hand at the NFL Rookie Premiere where there were photo shoots along with a host of other events for the NFL’s newest players. Here’s a look at some of the Rookie player cards that were shot of EJ Manuel, Robert Woods and Marques Goodwin.

These rookie cards come your way courtesy of NFL Rookie Premiere sponsor Panini America.

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Manuel, Goodwin working playbook together

Posted by Chris Brown on May 22, 2013 – 2:11 pm

EJ Manuel and Marques Goodwin are just two of the rookies that are spending as much of their free time as possible reviewing their playbooks on their I-pads. Most of the time through the spring practices, the two Bills draft choices have spent that playbook time away from the team facility together and having a study partner helps.

Manuel and Goodwin decided to room together in a local apartment complex, and take the time to work the playbook together.

“When I’m not here, Marquise and I are usually at home trying to go over everything and just reviewing what we over in our notes and things like that,” said Manuel.

“We’ve got a great relationship. We room together down the road,” said Goodwin. “We just try to build on that, talk to each other every day and studying together. We just do about everything together.”

For Goodwin the time spent around Manuel off the field should benefit him on the field knowing the quarterback is the one that pulls the trigger. But Goodwin in a new city without anyone he knows is also looking to form friendships with teammates, Manuel among them.

“I feel like it’s very important to build some camaraderie with him more so off the field really,” said Goodwin. “It’s important in life to build a good relationship with him and have another friend, somebody I can lean on, somebody I can trust, somebody I can talk to. And on the field too. He’s the quarterback. He knows every position on the field as far as the offense goes so he can tell me everything I need to know if I have any questions and with him being my roommate he’s right there.”


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