Marquise Goodwin signed with the Bears in April and is vying for one in every of Chicago’s receiver spots following a 2020 opt-out. The veteran broad receiver can even try to seize a spot on the U.S. Olympic group Friday afternoon.
A 2012 Olympian within the lengthy leap, Goodwin will compete for a spot on the Tokyo Video games within the occasion. The lengthy leap competitors on the U.S. trials in Eugene, Ore., begins at 3:30pm CT. Goodwin missed out on the Rio Video games in 2016, ending in seventh on the trials. He positioned tenth in London 9 years in the past.
Regardless of Goodwin’s NFL standing not being what it was when he final tried to make an Olympic group, Bears coaches had been behind his bid to make this 12 months’s squad, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune notes. Goodwin, 30, final made the U.S. group within the lengthy leap whereas at Texas however missed out forward of his last Payments season.
This 12 months, Goodwin jumped the Olympic commonplace at a meet in March. That mark of 8.12 meters (26 toes, 6 inches) is tied for twenty fifth on this planet this 12 months, however it ranks eighth amongst American lengthy jumpers. The highest three finishers Friday qualify for the U.S. group. Goodwin is a part of a 24-jumper area in Eugene. That group consists of two jumpers — reigning Olympic champ Jeff Henderson and LSU’s JuVaughn Harrison — who’ve eclipsed Goodwin’s personal-best leap (8.33 meters, set on the 2012 trials) this season.
Ought to the 5-foot-9 wideout make his second Olympic group, he will probably be late to Bears coaching camp. The Tokyo Video games start July 23; the lengthy leap competitors is scheduled for Aug. 2. The Bears start camp July 27. Goodwin joins Damiere Byrd as veteran newcomers aiming to make Chicago’s 53-man roster; the Bears additionally used a sixth-round choose on Dazz Newsome. Goodwin’s one-year deal is available in barely north of the league minimal, however the Bears did assure him $350K.