Allen Robinson II and Darnell Mooney make for a nice 1-2 punch at the top of the receivers depth chart.
And yet, the rest of the group leaves plenty to be desired. A lack production in recent years by players who were otherwise expected to make an impact at some point down the line has exposed the team’s depth at the position. But until today, there hasn’t been much movement to bring in some fresh blood.
The Bears announced the signing of free agent receiver Marquise Goodwin. It’s not a splash signing, but one that comes with some intrigue.
Goodwin, 30, is a speedster. And an experienced one, at that. The 2013 third-round pick has 75 games (40 starts) under his belt, but didn’t seem to hit his stride until landing in San Francisco. After catching just 49 passes for 780 yards in four years with the Bills, Goodwin came up with 56 catches and 962 receiving yards for the 49ers in 2017. Injuries have kept Goodwin off the field in the three years since. Goodwin has just 35 catches, 581 receiving yards, and 5 touchdowns in 20 games since the start of the 2018 season. But when healthy, Goodwin flashes the type of speed that could make him a useful cog in an offense.
Don’t get it twisted. Goodwin isn’t coming to town to jump into a starting role or to take a bulk of catches. But what he can do is bring a burst of speed and depth to a position group that needs it.
With Goodwin’s arrival, I can’t help but wonder if a receiver trade is coming down the pipeline. There’s been recent whispers of Anthony Miller being on the block. Adding a receiver to the room suggests that someone could be squeezed out of a role sooner, rather than later. Just something to keep an eye on.
More on Goodwin later…