Inside The Bills

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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