Marquise Goodwin's Olympic bid fell short, but it may end up being the best thing that's ever happened for his NFL career.
If Goodwin had qualified for the U.S. Olympic team as a long jumper, he would have missed a significant amount of training camp. This certainly would have put Goodwin in a tough spot in regards to making Buffalo's 53-man roster. Instead of heading to Rio, Goodwin is at St. John Fisher College for training camp, and on Saturday the wide receiver took reps with the Buffalo Bills first team offense.
Bills fans shouldn't read into this too much, but it's a great opportunity for Goodwin to work on his chemistry with Tyrod Taylor. Last year, Goodwin only played in two games with Buffalo last year so this is a great chance for Goodwin to show Taylor and the Bills coaching staff that he can be a valuable asset to the team in 2016.
Buffalo's top two wide receiver spots are locked in with Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, but every job after this duo is up for grabs. If Goodwin can develop chemistry with Taylor, one of the best deep ball passers in the NFL in 2015, he could find himself playing significant snaps in 2016. Buffalo would love to have a deep threat on the field to keep safeties honest from shadowing over to Watkins' side of the field and Goodwin certainly has no shortage of speed.null