Seahawks wide receiver Marquise Goodwin
I don’t think this is truly a revenge game for Goodwin. He did play for the 49ers for three seasons from 2017 through 2019 but played against them in 2021 when Goodwin was with the Bears. In that game, Goodwin caught 2 passes for 32 yards. But the reason Goodwin might be an impact player in Week 2 is that he still has very good speed and the 49ers are going to key on DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.
Seattle must find a third option at receiver in 2022. We saw in Week 1 that Metcalf was basically reduced to a possession receiver and Lockett was locked up by a not-great secondary. Making Metcalf a possession receiver is near-criminal and not something that offensive coordinator Shane Waldron wants to do but felt he had to do against the Broncos.
One big reason for this is that no defense should be scared of any of the third options Seattle has at receiver. Dee Eskridge is just in his second season but appears to be on the border of being a second-round bust. Besides Eskridge and Goodwin, no other wide receiver was targeted by Geno Smith in Week 1.
Goodwin has all the physical attributes to be a very solid third option. He is going to get mostly one-on-one coverage and just needs to use initial quickness and correct route running to get open. He has the speed to cause issues. And assuming Metcalf and Lockett are double-covered against the 49ers, Goodwin – and his career 16.4 yards a catch – could cause huge problems for the San Francisco defense.