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Fan Friday 11-6

Posted by Chris Brown on November 6, 2015 – 11:40 am

The Bills will be bringing a bit healthier roster to the table on Sunday against the Dolphins. Let’s hope home field advantage is a reality this week. Here are your latest edition of questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills why not switch the guards to different sides? Give the youngsters more experienced neighbors.


CB: I don’t think change is something most offensive coaches subscribe to with their offensive line unless it’s horrific in terms of performance, especially midseason. Based on offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s comments Thursday, about seeing things with the offense getting closer to where they want it, I think they want to push forward with what they have now that starting five are back together with Miller and Henderson returning.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills were the bills ever interested in making a move at the trade deadline?


CB: I think what Doug Whaley’s short track record as GM has shown us is he’s never afraid to make a deal if he thinks it benefits the team, but from what I have been able to gather the Bills were not burning up the phones at the trade deadline this past Tuesday.


3 – Hi Chris,

I was wondering if you know of any plans of NFL or Buffalo Bills stores that will be selling the red jerseys from this week’s game?

Also, will these now become an alternate going forward that the team will wear once in a while or is it a one night only kind of deal?

Nick Finoia

CB: The Bills Store will have the red jerseys available in store. From what I have been told only LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins jerseys will be available in red. They will also have a Bills color rush hat, sweatshirt and T-shirt available with the red theme too.

Here’s the link if you’re interested in making a purchase –

And just to be clear the jerseys will be worn in Buffalo’s Thursday night game at New York against the Jets.


4 – Chris,

Following the bye, do you think Cyrus Kouandjio played well enough in London to remain the Bills starter at Right Tackle?

CB: That is not going to happen as Seantrel Henderson returns to the lineup, but it should be noted that both offensive coordinator Greg Roman and Rex Ryan praised Kouandjio’s play against the Jaguars. Ryan even used the word ‘tremendous’ in describing his play.

I think Kouandjio’s play will serve him best next season when the offensive tackle situation could look a lot different than it does now. Cordy Glenn is slated to be a free agent, and will likely be looking for big money. Buffalo can’t keep everybody and knowing the Bills have only bought themselves a year of time making use of the fifth-year option on Stephon Gilmore, who is playing great right now, he’s the priority. Nigel Bradham is also up at the end of the year.

So to get to the point here, Kouandjio’s play this year is likely to carry more weight next year when the team makes a decision on Cordy Glenn. If Glenn is not here I think Kouandjio will get strong consideration for the right tackle job with Henderson the most likely option for left tackle.


5 – Chris,

Thank you for all the informative work you do from a long time Bills fan out here in New Mexico.  Do you have any insight into how the Bills coaching staff see Marquise as a player?  From where I sit he is small and injury prone and because of this I don’t think he has been used appropriately.  His asset is pure speed yet he was hurt last year on a pass route that had him stop in the middles of the field (negating his speed asset) and he got his so hard it put him out of the game.  This year a crossing pattern again injured his ribs, and then a kick-off return (the most violent play in the game) injured him.  Why has the staff not used him speed with downfield routes to pull the defense away from the line of scrimmage?  Your thoughts?

Ronald Karaskiewicz  (Ron K.)
New Mexico Bills Backer
CB: While I understand what you’re getting at with Goodwin’s body type being susceptible to injury, I don’t know how realistic it is to take the approach that, we’re only going to run Goodwin on fly routes when he’s in the game.

I think there is merit to taking him off kick return to reduce the number of violent collisions on him, and I suppose you can have him run more outside routes than crossing patterns. The problem is I believe coaches worry that such an approach quickly becomes easy for opponents to figure out. Perhaps if he’s a role player, which in essence he is, you could limit him to quick outs, comebacks, digs and go routes. But coaches would know better than I would as to whether that’s too predictable and whether or not those limitations would take away from his effectiveness on the field.

I suppose the greater end game is to have him available, so at the very least what you’re proposing might be worth a try. That will have to wait until next year however, with Goodwin on injured reserve.

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Fan Friday 10-9

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2015 – 6:45 pm

The Bills have another bounce back game on the road just like two weeks ago in Miami. Here’s hoping it’s a repeat performance. Here’s your latest edition of questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.


1 – @ChrisBrownBills Is John Miller practicing, playing?


CB: Miller practiced all week. He was never full go, but head coach Rex Ryan said on Friday he expects Miller to be back in the starting lineup.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills what’s the word on McKelvin?


CB: McKelvin has made some good strides the last couple of weeks. He’s starting to do real football work on the side now with the athletic trainers. He was pulling an athletic trainer while working on his backpedal with straps attached to his body. The athletic trainer was holding the ends of the straps and McKelvin was pulling him down the field.

He’s certainly worked hard to get all the way back and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s practicing again the first week he’s eligible to do so, which is the week leading up to the London game against Jacksonville. Whether he’s activated off the Reserve/NFI list is another story.

3 – Hey Chris,
My question is on Doug Whaley.  How do contracts work for GMs?  Unless Whaley got fired is it his job forever?

I really loved your article about him recently because it shows that he doesn’t want this franchise to be successful for a couple of years he wants to build it into a  franchise that competes year in and year out.  I’ve been listening to him speak about that in the past and I don’t think most fans really pay attention to what he’s been saying.  I really do believe we have a GM  and a front office that can make this franchise respectable again for a long time. So, do you think Doug Whaley is here to stay for a long time?

Thanks as always, Jillian

CB: I think Doug Whaley is fast proving to be an astute GM who knows how to build a roster for the long haul. General manager contracts work a lot like coaching contracts. They’re just not publicized as much. I think provided the talent that he’s assembled can reach its full potential, Whaley should be building rosters here for a long time.

4 – Chris,

You help keep us fans who live far away up to date, so thank you.  My question is about the defense.  What has happened to them?  Rex said he expects them to be #1 with the roster they have.  They stepped up their run defense, but pass has been terrible.  We call the front four the cold front, but I haven’t seen anything from them that I’ve come to expect over the last few years.  We led the lead in sacks the last 2 years and it seems like a rare occurance if we get one now.  Please help me understand what has become of our best asset.


Loyal and true fan in Virginia

CB: First thing to know is the number of sacks a team has doesn’t always indicate a team has a great defense. Perfect example is the 2000 Ravens. They had just 35 sacks, but allowed just 165 points the whole season. That being said, the Bills pass rush has been effectively countered by a quick strike pass game from opponents. Underneath coverage, particularly in the middle of the field has to be better to help the pass rush up front.

That is the only thing that will make opponents pull out of their quick pass game. That or keeping them out of the end zone and putting them behind on the scoreboard. Then the passing game will have to open up and call for longer pass routes to catch up in the game. That leads to the QB holding the ball longer and then the pass rush can have the impact it’s designed to have in this defense.

5 – Chris,

When is Goodwin due back?

Jim M.

CB: Marquise is listed as probable for Sunday’s game, so I think there’s a good chance he’s dressed for Sunday’s game, especially if Sammy Watkins is down.

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Goodwin hoping to return soon

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2015 – 4:35 pm

It’s been a long and arduous rehab back from a pair of cracked ribs for WR Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin has been back practicing the last couple of weeks, but on a limited basis. That was the case again on Wednesday.

“We’ll see. Just got to take it day to day and see how everything feels,” Goodwin said. “Hopefully I’ll be back out there. There’s not much you can do really. You let it heal on its own and let the bones heal back together. Just really resting and working out and trying to stay in shape and just come back ready.”

Goodwin admits with Watkins out of the lineup it has only increased his sense of urgency to be back in the lineup.

“I feel like I need to be out there, but with the circumstances of being hurt, it’s just something I have to get past,” said Goodwin. “I’m just looking forward to being back out there now.”

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Fan Friday 10-2

Posted by Chris Brown on October 2, 2015 – 11:23 am

The Bills look to stack two wins in a row Sunday against the Giants. Here’s your latest edition of questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

With guys like (Alshon) Jeffery and (Victor) Cruz missing multiple games with calf injuries, is there any concern Watkins might also?


CB: First, I’m not a doctor, but I have learned through our athletic training staff that not every calf injury is the same, and every player heals differently. Some heal faster than others, some have a higher pain tolerance than others. All that being said a calf injury is a critical problem for a wide receiver. They need it to drive off the line, accelerate, cut, etc.

Cruz’s calf injury from most reports is from overcompensating coming off a knee injury that kept him out most of last year and required surgery. I don’t know that Watkins’ injury is related in any way to overcompensating for his hip that required surgery in the offseason. I think we just all hope that Watkins is back in the lineup sooner rather than later.


2 – Chris,

First off, I’d like to give a shout out to Buffalo Bros. on University Ave in Fort Worth, TX.  It’s great to watch Bills games on Sundays surrounded by other Buffalo fans.

Here’s my question: With LeSean McCoy unlikely to suit up against the NY Giants this week, is it likely that Buffalo considers resigning Bryce Brown?  I believe that we have an available roster spot after the Cassel trade.  He would be a good compliment to Karlos Williams, whereas Boobie Dixon seems like he’s more of a goal line back and special teams contributor.

-Brendan in Fort Worth, TX

CB: The roster spot was actually filled by promoting Jonathan Meeks from the practice squad last week, not that it would keep them from making another move to address their running back position should LeSean McCoy be unable to play Sunday.

The most logical move however, would be calling Cierre Wood up from the practice squad. He’s been with the team since the last half of training camp and showed some flashes in the preseason. Wood has more of a shifty skill set and good hands for catching out of the backfield.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Will this be the week that the #ColdFront starts racking up some sacks?


CB: The pass rush always has an edge when playing at home knowing the opposing offense has the added challenge of crowd noise. Manning however, has not been sacked much so far this season, just three times in three games. Ben McAdoo’s offense is designed to get the ball out fast to protect Manning.

A heavy dose of press coverage could aid in forcing Manning to pump and double clutch the ball to buy the pass rush an extra half second to get home. Some exotic looks could also cross up Manning’s diagnosis of the defensive coverage and delay his delivery of the ball.


4 – Chris,

In the long run, the Bills afford to play Thigpen. I believe they are other returners the Bills have on the roster. The Bills have specialists already in Gay/Sanborn who play minimal. Thigpen has yet to take an offesnive snap. I’d rather see Goodwin active than Thigpen. I would exepct Goodwin to get looks on offense and can return kicks.

Josh P.

CB: Once Marquise Goodwin is healthy I do anticipate he’ll be active. He’s still recovering from a rib injury. Goodwin however, is a kick returner, while Thipen is primarily a punt returner. The kick return job is Percy Harvin’s as of right now. I do believe if Sammy Watkins is unable to play that Goodwin would fill his spot among the receiving corps provided he himself is healthy enough to play.

As for Thigpen I think he was fortunate to make the roster as the team’s seventh WR. I believe the main reason he did is because primary punt returner Leodis McKelvin is on Reserve/NFI until Week 7 when he would be able to practice again if medically cleared. When McKelvin returns there will need to be a roster move.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Who would you have cover Odell B, Darby or Gilmore? Or should they stay on separate sides of the field?


CB: I think Darby has shown well for the most part this season. To this point the Bills have played most passing attacks straight up leaving Gilmore and Darby on their respective sides. Beckham is a unique talent. If the defensive staff decides to have one cornerback follow him the whole game Gilmore is your guy. Beckham’s hands are so strong that you want a corner that can be physical with him not only on routes, but through to the attempt to catch. Darby can do that too, but Gilmore would be the better play if they decide to go that way.

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Fan Friday 9-25

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2015 – 11:23 am

The Bills look to bounce back this week and get an important win on the road at Miami Sunday. Here’s your latest rundown of questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 –@ChrisBrownBills

Hey Chris any chance we will see more blitz packages and sack coming from our D-Line this week. Didn’t see much last week :/


CB: In the wake of sticking almost exclusively with a pass rush of their front four in the first half last week I would anticipate that Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman will mix it up a bit more. So while there will be instances where they do just rush four, I believe they will weave in some blitz packages in certain down and distance situations. As for sack totals, the Bills have averaged 4.5 sacks per game in the last four meetings, so you’re likely to see more of them Sunday.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills

How is the team morale going into week 3 after a tough loss last Sunday? #Bills


CB: Team morale is just fine heading into Sunday. One loss can’t be a soul crusher for any team and that’s certainly not the case at One Bills Drive. The offense is encouraged by the rhythm they found late in last week’s game with three straight touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to make it a game. And for the record Tyrod Taylor confirmed for me that New England was not sitting back. They were playing the same defensive looks that were working earlier in the game. And the defense is motivated to redeem themselves last week as is special teams. So I’m expecting a strong performance.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills

I know the Bills haven’t said too much about Aaron Williams but is it possible he’s back for the Giants game?


CB: Bills head coach Rex Ryan said the following about Aaron Williams’ status beyond this week.

“Our trainers seem to be very optimistic about him being up for next week, but we’ll see,” said Ryan.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Any chance we see mckelvin by the bye week?


CB: Leodis McKelvin is doing more and more on the side with athletic trainers during practice. There are still some hurdles for him to clear. I think a safe guess-timate, and it is a guess on my part, that by the week following the bye (Week 9) he stands a good chance of being ready to go in the home game against the Dolphins.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Why wasn’t that Steelers player fined for the hit on Goodwin???


CB: I think it’s a valid question. The hit on Goodwin was borderline late number one and second the Steelers player buried the crown of his helmet into Goodwin’s rib cage when he had already gone to the ground. The Pittsburgh player could’ve been flagged for spearing. Had he been then I think a fine could’ve been a possibility, but to my knowledge there was no fine.

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Goodwin hoping to return to lineup

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2015 – 11:11 am

He only practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, but WR Marquise Goodwin is hoping that he can get back in the game day lineup soon.

Goodwin, who is returning from a rib injury suffered in the Pittsburgh preseason game Aug. 29th, is anxious to see regular season action. That’s why he was happy to be participating in practice again.

“It’s a step forward,” said Goodwin. “To be able to be out there with my teammates again put the pads on It felt good.”

Goodwin was injured after making a catch across the middle. A Steelers linebacker buried the crown of his helmet into Goodwin’s rib cage as he went to the ground causing the injury.

“It’s a little frustrating, but it’s part of the game,” he said. “I’ve dealt with injuries before. This one, I had no control over.  Just trying to bounce back from it and be better when I come back.”

On a receiving corps that has seven players counting Goodwin, the speed receiver believes there’s a part for him to play.

“I see a role for myself,” he said. “They’ll work me in here and there. I can’t really depend on what I think I should be doing in the offense. It’s all based on what the team needs.”

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Marquise Goodwin update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2015 – 4:37 pm

WR Marquise Goodwin has been sidelined since the Pittsburgh preseason game with a rib injury. Head coach Rex Ryan provided an update on the receiver’s progress in his efforts to get back on the field.

“He’s doing good, but I mean he had two fractured ribs or whatever it was so that takes a little time to heal,” said Ryan. “Obviously every guys different or whatever but when he’s back…I know one thing he feels a lot better, he’s able to sleep at night so that’s an improvement.”

Goodwin was hit in the ribs by the crown of a Pittsburgh defender’s helmet after making a catch across the middle.

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Almost all Bills RBs & WRs practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2015 – 11:59 am

It’s a Tuesday practice and it won’t be anything like the more physical practice that teams usually run on Thursdays, but almost all of the injured running backs and wide receivers on Buffalo’s roster were participating.

LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams, Boobie Dixon were all working through on the running back rotation during individual position drills. Bryce Brown had already returned in the team’s final preseason game.

At wide receiver, Sammy Watkins, Chris Hogan, Percy Harvin and Robert Woods were all practicing.

Marquise Goodwin was the only injured receiver not participating.

On defense LBs Manny Lawson and Tony Steward were not practicing.

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Bills nicked players rehabbing back in Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2015 – 6:43 pm

The Bills do not intend to play their starters at all Thursday night against the Lions in Detroit. With some of their injured players they took it a step further not having them make the trip at all.

The plan is to allow them to spend more time rehabbing their respective injuries at One Bills Drive rather than traveling back and forth to Detroit.

Among the players who will be working at One Bills Drive are Charles Clay, Marcell Dareus, Boobie Dixon, Marquise Goodwin, Deonte Thompson, Karlos Williams, Mario Williams and Robert Woods.

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Goodwin, Gilmore updates

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2015 – 7:19 pm

Two players missing at Bills practice Monday were Marquise Goodwin and Stephon Gilmore, who both suffered injuries in Saturday’s preseason game against Pittsburgh. Head coach Rex Ryan provided an update.

“Both guys were held out (of practice),” said Ryan. “Goodwin seems to be the ribs, cracked ribs, two cracked ribs. It will be very up in the air if he’ll be ready to go Week 1, I’m not sure about that. I feel pretty positive about Gilmore, but time will tell.”

Goodwin took a knee to the rib when he was tackled after a catch and run. Gilmore sustained a shoulder injury and did not return to the game.

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Rex would give Goodwin green light for Olympics

Posted by Chris Brown on August 7, 2015 – 5:05 pm

There was a lot of debate about whether Bills head coach Rex Ryan would have a problem with Marquise Goodwin competing in the World Championship in Beijing, China later this month had he qualified for the team. He just missed qualification, but earned a silver medal in the Pan Am Games last month. Ryan said had he the World Championship team for the US he would’ve let him go compete.

“Yes we would’ve let him go no question,” said Ryan. “He had a chance to represent our country, then he comes back and represents our franchise. This guy is one of the fastest guys in the world and we’re proud of that fact and he’ll come out here and be ready to roll. We know what he is as a player and he’s all here. But we’ll see how it goes next spring.”

When asked why it wouldn’t bother him if Goodwin had to miss some time for an international track and field event, Ryan sees one benefiting the other.

“You’re competing and all that stuff, but he’s going to run anyway. He’s going to do those types of things. It’s just an unbelievable opportunity for a young man to be in those games, the Pan Am Games,” said Ryan. “We’ll see. Hopefully he gets an opportunity to represent our country in the Olympics. That would be terrific. It is in Brazil. I would definitely go to that one and I’ll see him also.”


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Goodwin rolling into camp

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2015 – 3:12 pm

Things for Marquise Goodwin might be rolling at training camp opens on the heels of his silver medal-winning performance at the Pan Am Games just last week. But Goodwin literally rolled into camp after he got out of his car.

Goodwin came to camp equipped with a V-board. A V-board is a lot like the Segway devices that police officers and security guards make use of to get around, only a V-board is just the board and two wheels. I asked Goodwin how fast the device can carry him.

“As fast as you want it to,” he said. “I think the top speed is 15-20 miles per hour.”

Naturally there’s a good bit of balance involved to allow the board to carry you, but Goodwin appears to have it mastered after seeing him carrying his lunch plate with him while on his V-board.

Goodwin's V-board


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Goodwin gets special support in silver medal win

Posted by Chris Brown on July 23, 2015 – 6:23 am

It was a medal-winning finish for Marquise Goodwin in the long jump final at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. And Goodwin had some special Bills support behind him Wednesday night. 

Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal made the trip to Toronto to cheer on Goodwin as he earned a silver medal in the long jump, finishing second only to US teammate Jeffery Henderson. 

“My receivers coach came all the way up here to support me and take time away from his vacation, so I appreciate that,” said Goodwin. “Training camp is right around the corner, so I’m excited.”

Goodwin had consistent support from Toronto-based Bills fans during the competition at the Pan Am Games. 

The Bills receiver was asked multiple times by the media if he considers himself a football player or a track star. Every time Goodwin has labeled himself an athlete. 

He went on to say that his commitment is to the Bills. 

As successful as Goodwin was with limited training it will make next year’s Olympic qualifying an interesting proposition for Goodwin. 

The 2016 Olympic Games will be held in Rio De Janeiro next year in August. 

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Goodwin likes his chances in long jump final

Posted by Chris Brown on July 22, 2015 – 1:51 pm

Marquise Goodwin has gotten a lot of media attention since he qualified for the Pan Am Games long jump final tonight in Toronto (6 pm). He just completed an interview on ESPN and stated how much he likes his chances to medal tonight.

“I think I have a pretty good chance,” Goodwin told ESPN. “A lot of people have worked hard for this, but so have I. I think I’m the best man. I’ll put myself up against anybody.”

Goodwin had the second-longest jump among the qualifiers, second only to USA teammate Jeffery Henderson.

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Bills teammates & fans supporting Goodwin

Posted by Chris Brown on July 22, 2015 – 11:28 am

Bills WR Marquise Goodwin isn’t far from where his pro football home participating in the Pan Am Games in the long jump in Toronto this week. He’s in tonight’s finals for the long jump (6 pm), and is very appreciative of the support he’s received from his Bills teammates and from Bills fans on site in Toronto.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show, Goodwin talked about how all the support has pumped him up for the competition.

“I actually saw some Bills fans in the stands which really excited me after I jumped,” said Goodwin. “I was getting ready to leave the track and I looked in the corner by the long jump pits and they were like, ‘Hey Marquise! Go Bills!’ It was so cool.”

Goodwin said he’s received support from several of his current and former Bills teammates as well, who have been sending him tweets constantly. “A lot of my teammates are contacting me telling me they’re watching and cheering for me,” Goodwin said. “A lot of them are tweeting. They’ve just been really supportive of me. It’s a great group of guys. That shows how great the camaraderie is on our team. For it to be a whole different sport and have them watch and cheer is just a blessing.”

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Goodwin enters long jump finals confident

Posted by Chris Brown on July 22, 2015 – 11:00 am

He needed only one attempt to qualify for the finals in the long jump at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. Now he awaits the opportunity to medal tonight at 6 pm. While waiting Marquise Goodwin took time to appear on the John Murphy Show to talk about his resurgent track career.

Goodwin, who tweeted that he’d need only one attempt in qualifying to get through to the finals proved true to his word with a jump of 26 feet and change (8.05 meters).

“I was pretty certain and confident in my ability,” Goodwin told the John Murphy Show. “I don’t walk into any competition thinking I’m anything less than the next man. So my confidence was high and kind of expected to do well. I put in a lot of work toward it and I was motivated and ready for the competition.”

The finals for the long jump are Wednesday night at 8 pm and are expected to air on ESPN2.

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Goodwin qualifies for long jump final

Posted by Chris Brown on July 21, 2015 – 1:07 pm

Bills WR Marquise Goodwin is participating at the Pan Am Games in Toronto in the long jump. Earlier today he jumped in the qualifiers for a chance to advance to the finals.

Goodwin jumped 8.05 meters (26.41 feet), which was the best jump in his qualifying group and second-best overall to only US teammate Jeffery Henderson, who jumped 8.18 meters (26.83 feet). So Goodwin is one of 12 athletes to advance to the finals with a chance to medal.

The finals for the long jump at the Pan Am Games is Wednesday just after 6 pm ET.

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Goodwin to jump today at Pan Am Games

Posted by Chris Brown on July 21, 2015 – 11:00 am

He’ll be participating at the Pan Am Games just north of the border in Toronto just before noon today. Bills WR Marquise Goodwin is set to go as a US competitor in the long jump.

Goodwin’s qualifying group is set to begin jumping at 11:45 am ET. There is a second qualifying group to follow. The favorites in the competition include Goodwin’s US teammate Jeffery Henderson, Bermuda’s Tyrone Smith and Jamaica’s Damar Forbes.

If Goodwin qualifies for the finals in the long jump, he’ll jump again on Wednesday.

Here is Goodwin’s Pan Am Games profile.

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Goodwin to jump in Pan American games

Posted by Chris Brown on July 8, 2015 – 10:40 am

After narrowly failing to qualify for a spot on the US team for the World track & field championships in China in August, Bills WR Marquise Goodwin is going to participate in one more major track and field competition before training camp.

Goodwin is listed as a participant for the US team in the Pan American Games later this month in Toronto. The receiver will again be competing in the long jump. The dates for the event are July 21st and 22nd, which is just over a week before Bills training camp begins at St. John Fisher.

Goodwin is one of 43 US male athletes competing in the games. He told the AP last month after failing to qualify for the World Championships that he was headed “back to football,” but apparently this new opportunity surfaced and he chose to participate.

Last month Goodwin needed to finish in the top three as the US track and field championships to qualify for the World Championships in Beijing, but finished fourth with a best jump of 27-feet 5 1/2 inches.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin leaps in the long jump at the U.S. track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 25, 2015.  Goodwin is taking a break from football to return to the long jump. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin leaps in the long jump at the U.S. track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 25, 2015. Goodwin is taking a break from football to return to the long jump. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

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Goodwin finishes 4th at US track championships

Posted by Chris Brown on June 26, 2015 – 9:39 am

Bills WR Marquise Goodwin took a shot Thursday at qualifying for the US National track and field team for the World Championships in Beijing next month. He was trying to land a spot on the team as a long jumper.

Goodwin had to finish among the top three to make the team and appear in the World Championships. The Bills receiver finished fourth with a long jump best of 27-feet 5 1/2-inches.

“Back to football,” Goodwin told the Associated Press. “But words can’t even explain how happy I am right now.”

Goodwin admitted that had he qualified for the US team, balancing the World Championships in China and training camp, which overlapped would’ve been difficult. But that’s no longer a concern.

The Bills receiver qualified for the 2012 US Olympic team, but finished a disappointing 10th in the 2012 London games.

Goodwin didn’t rule out trying to qualify for the 2016 Olympic team which will compete in Rio next summer.

“We know what’s (coming up) next year. I expect big things,” Goodwin said. “But football is my main deal right now.”

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin leaps in the long jump at the U.S. track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 25, 2015.  Goodwin is taking a break from football to return to the long jump. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

 (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

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