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Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports



"I've always loved throwing the ball deep even going back to high school," San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer said on Wednesday. "Who wouldn't want to?"

One wide receiver has become a favorite target of Hoyer's when the quarterback is called to air it out. Marquise Goodwin and Hoyer appear to be building a good rapport this offseason. Goodwin is often coming away from practices with a deep touchdown or two under his belt. Following Wednesday's practice, Hoyer discussed his new speedy target.

"He's been awesome," Hoyer said. "I think the one thing about Marquise, for me, other than knowing that he'd been in the Olympics and that he's really, really fast – that's what I knew about him when he came here. And then he got here and you can just tell that [the Buffalo Bills] only used him to go deep and no one really ever coached him.

"I think he's taken that coaching really well. He's worked his butt off towards it too. I can tell a difference from when we left in June to when we got there in Dallas (for a player organized passing session). During those three days, I could tell he had been working at it and can tell that he worked at it from when we left in Dallas until now and it's paying off for him.

"I think the one good thing – the good decision that he made was to come here because (head coach) Kyle (Shanahan) knows how to use guys like that and he's willing to put the work in and he's done a great job."

Goodwin spoke to the media on Saturday afternoon following the team's second practice of training camp.

"I'm constantly evolving as a receiver," Goodwin said. "Each day, I come out, I do what I'm told, I fix the little things that I need to when watching film. It's continuing to show and that's a credit to my coach, my teammates for believing in me, pushing me each day and correcting me on the little details."

Cornerback Rashard Robinson, who will likely start the 2017 season as the 49ers' top cornerback, gave Goodwin some praise on Saturday.

"Marquise is pretty fast," Robinson said. "Me and him out there running, it's like a track meet almost...He's really been working and you can see just from OTAs coming into camp, he's been doing very good."

On March 9th, the 49ers signed then-free agent Goodwin to a two-year deal. His 4.27 time at the 2013 NFL Combine was the fourth-fastest in the history of the event. The receiver also posted a broad jump of 11 feet. Goodwin was a member of the 2012 United States track and field team and finished tenth in the long jump at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.