San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin proved last season that he can be more than a speedster on the outside – a role he was limited to while with the Buffalo Bills. Still, when asked to be a deep threat for the 49ers offense, he is pretty darn good.

The fan-favorite receiver looks to improve upon his 56-reception, 962-yard, and two-touchdown season with the 49ers last year. Initially signed to a two-year deal in March of 2017, San Francisco rewarded Goodwin with a three-year contract extension in March.

Pro Football Focus, the king of obscure yet useful football statistics, has recently been looking at NFL receivers on each branch of the route tree from 2017. 49ers receiver Trent Taylor, who is entering his second NFL season, received high marks from the analytics site for his production on slant routes. Pro Football Focus most recently looked at the post route, and that is where Goodwin's name appeared.

Goodwin had the fourth-highest wide receiver rating on post routes from Pro Football Focus – behind Sammy Watkins of the Kansas City Chiefs, DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans, and A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals. That is pretty good company for Goodwin, despite the limited sample size.


"The post route accounted for just 14 of Goodwin's 99 targets last year, but he sure made them count when he needed to," wrote Mark Chichester. "All told, Goodwin caught 7-of-14 targets for one touchdown and a whopping 252 receiving yards, the second-most among receivers last year. His average of 36.0 yards per reception on post routes not only paced the league but was the third-most ever recorded by PFF and he also ended the year tied with Green as our highest graded receiver on the route."

According to Pro Football Focus, Goodwin led all wide receivers when it comes to his quarterbacks' passer rating last season when targeted on throws of 40-or-more yards. Quarterbacks combined for a phenomenal passer rating of 120.8 when targeting him at that distance.