49ers: Speed Kills, Featuring WR’s Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson

Niners live is back at it again, this time to evaluate a couple of new additions to the 49er family in: Speed Kills featuring, WR’s Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson.


The recap:

The San Francisco 49ers signed a pair of speedsters to multi-year contracts. Marquise Goodwin, who reportedly signed for $6 million, gets a $2.5 million signing bonus and is guaranteed $4.45 million. Salaries are $1.95 million, guaranteed, $1.45 million incentive annually and a $50,000 workout incentive annually (per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle). And Aldrick Robinson, who signed for up to six million over two years (per National reporter for NFL network and NFL.com Mike Garafolo).

First up, Marquise Goodwin:

After posting the third-fastest 40-yard dash time ever, clocking a 4.27 at the NFL scouting combine, the 5’9 and 179 lb. track star was drafted to the Buffalo Bills with the 78th overall pick of the 2013 NFL draft. During his collegiate career at the University of Texas, Goodwin started 21 of 49 games he appeared in, including the 2010 BCS national championship. His final career statistics included 116 receptions for 1,296 yards and six touchdowns, 45 rushes for 341 yards to go along with 44 kickoffs returns for 985 yards and one touchdown. Goodwin is a world-class athlete. Throughout his career, he has split time between the gridiron and the track.  He was also a two-time NCAA champion in the long jump (2010, 2012) and a four-time All-American in track and field. (Via BleacherReport).

Since being drafted by the Bills, Goodwin’s role has increased each year. Goodwin played 12 games in 2013 during his rookie season, amassing 17 receptions for 283 receiving yards. He also had 16 kickoffs with return opportunities totaling 351 yards. His sophomore and junior seasons during 2014-15 were cut short due to numerous injuries, including a concussion, ankle and rib injuries and a pulled hamstring (Foxsports.com). In 2016 he returned to put up some pedestrian numbers, although still career highs, by contributing three touchdowns and 29 receptions for 431 yards. Goodwin also set a Bills franchise record when he hauled in an 84-yard pass from Quarterback Tyrod Taylor in Week 2 against the New York Jets.

Interesting to note: Goodwin appeared in 15 games and started nine of those contests. He was targeted 68 times and only caught 29 of those targets for a 42.6 catching percentage. Question for you. How do you start nine games and only average 28.7 yards a game? Oh, are your eyes wide open? Don’t answer that……

On a Niners Live side note: Both Goodwin and Head coach Kyle Shanahan played wide receiver at the University of Texas under head coach Mack Brown (five things to know about Goodwin via the team’s website).

Next up Aldrick Robinson:

Robinson, now age 28, became the most recent of four players to sign with the 49ers who has some experience with coach Shanahan. At 5’10 and 187 lbs., the blazer was selected with the 178th pick in the 2011 draft by the Washington Redskins. Robinson, like Goodwin, was also a standout in track in field at Southern Methodist University, posting a 4.43 40-yard dash time at the scouting combine. Robinson possesses a compact, muscular build, delivers a quick first step and can get separation in man coverage very fluidly.

Robinson’s experience working with Shanahan not only in Atlanta, but also in Washington, gives the 49ers yet another skilled position player familiar with the scheme. Coincidentally, Robinson had his best performance last season against the 49ers, finishing with four catches for 111 yards in Week 15. Robinson’s production to this point in his career (50 catches for 931 yards in 52 games) won’t really turn any heads, but he knows the offense and shouldn’t be asked to do too much assuming the 49ers get what they hope from the likes of Pierre Garcon, Goodwin and Jeremy Kerley (Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com).

I leave you with this:

With the addition of these two gifted athletes, Kyle Shanahan will have a plethora of speed and talent at his disposal. If healthy, a unit that features Garcon, Goodwin, Kerley and Robinson would be a stark upgrade from what the 49ers had to work with the last two seasons. Can Shanahan utilize his receiver skill sets effectively, the way he did last season in 2016 with the Falcons? At the very least, it should be an exciting offense to watch with the potential for some big play opportunities down field. Speed kills, and over the last few seasons the 49ers lackluster offense has been incapable of bringing much in the way of excitement, ranking near the bottom-half of the league in (2015/2016), 32nd and 27th respectively (NFL.com).

Will Kyle Shanahan deploy these speed-demons to wreak havoc on opposing defenses and bring some offensive explosion back to the Bay Area? Inquiring fans are sure anxious to find out.

If you consider the combination of Goodwin’s blazing fast speed and Robinson’s familiarity with Shanahan’s scheme, you may understand why some 49er fans are naturally intrigued by these signings.

As always, keep your eyes wide open, 49er fans. Niners Live will be watching with you. #eyeswideopen and often imitated but never duplicated… Go Niners.  

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All records, statistics, and accolades are courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com, Pro Football Focus49ers.com, ESPN.com, NFL.com unless otherwise indicated. Author, Irvin Johnson Staff Writer at Niners Live. Co-Author, Editor NinersLive.