Marquise Goodwin wants the world to know he's not hurt
Updated 10:04 AM , July 21, 2014
Marquise Goodwin took to Twitter on Sunday night to clear up why he left the Buffalo Bills' first training camp practice.
No I was not hurt the first day of camp. Sickle Cell and athsma beat me today! For those who assumed... ✊
— MARQUISE GOODWIN (@flashgoodwin) July 21, 2014
It's understandable why Goodwin would feel the need to get out in front of any potential injury talk.
At 5-foot-9 and 179 pounds, he's the second-shortest and fourth-lightest player on the Bills' roster. Questions about his durability come naturally, especially after his rookie year.
Goodwin broke his hand in the 2013 season opener against New England and missed four games. He also appeared on the injury report in Week Nine (elbow), Week 10 (hamstring), Week 14 (calf) and Week 17 (knee).
While none of those ailments kept him out of a game, they could have played a role in his effectiveness -- although only Goodwin can say to what degree that may be. Nevertheless, his rookie year finished with 17 catches for 283 yards and three touchdowns.
He at times showed the deep threat the Bills hoped they would be getting when they drafted him in the third round out of Texas in 2013, but never made the impact both the team and fans hoped for on kickoff returns, finishing with just 16 for 351 yards, a 21.9-yard average with a long return of just 28 yards.
Goodwin's spot on the roster as the designated deep threat and returner is generally assumed to be safe behind Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Mike Williams. But with fellow burner T.J. Graham -- himself a third-round pick in 2012 -- likely knowing he needs the camp of his life to make the team, it's understandable as to why Goodwin would want to quickly put to bed any injury talk.
After all, all that speed doesn't do the team any good in the training room.