Marquise Goodwin is entering the final year of his rookie contract with the Buffalo Bills. The speedy wide receiver hopes for a second contract in the NFL, especially from the Bills, but his roster spot is far from a lock in 2016.
Goodwin talked to Emily Kaplan of MMQB about being on the roster bubble in Buffalo and he's aware that there's a chance he's cut from the 53-man roster if he makes the U.S. Olympic team.
"I know it is a risk," he said. "I want a second contract. I'd love it to be in Buffalo. I love football. But I know how important it is to live your life like you want to. I know some organizations wouldn't allow that, but Rex does and I'm so appreciative of that."
Goodwin has performed well in long jump events and has a great chance of representing the United States in Rio. After the 2012 Olympics, Goodwin decided to focus only on football, but he started to train again last May without anyone's knowledge.
“I was scared the team was going to shut it down,” Goodwin says, “or they would make me not want to do it by dogging me out in practice and making me dead tired.”
Luckily for Goodwin, Rex Ryan showed plenty of support to Goodwin and encouraged him to pursue his dream.
The way Rex sees it,” Goodwin says, “is that you’re a man at the end of the day. He said, ‘I wouldn’t want to take you from a dream of yours. And if that’s a dream of yours, go do it.’”
In his short NFL career, Goodwin has struggled. He recorded 17 receptions for 283 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie, but has only registered three receptions for 66 yards in the last two seasons due to injuries.
The Olympics would cause Goodwin to miss the majority of Bills training camp and by the time he returned Goodwin could be buried on the team's depth chart. Dezmin Lewis, Greg Salas, Leonard Hankerson, Kolby Listenbee, Greg Little, and Jarrett Boykin are just a few of the wide receivers who will be trying to win a roster spot and their chances will likely be greater than Goodwin's as they'll be on the practice field.
If Goodwin doesn't make Buffalo's 53-man roster, he'll likely get the opportunity to play elsewhere in 2016.null