The Atlanta Falcons had unending potential targets. Alex Mack. Joe Thomas. Alshon Jeffery. Paul Kruger. Jadaveon Clowney. Jimmy Graham. CJ Goodwin.
And the Falcons got their man.
The Falcons have released practice squad WR LaRon Byrd and signed WR CJ Goodwin to the practice squad. #ATLvsSF— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) November 3, 2015
A bold move perhaps only overshadowed by the blockbuster trade that netted the Falcons with Julio Jones, Dimitroff brought Goodwin home. Goodwin is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound prospect that was considered very raw after playing in two division II schools. He was eventually signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but did not stick on their roster for too long.
SBN's Behind the Steel Curtain had this to say about Goodwin during camp.
For his part, Goodwin has been doing everything right. He catches well, he fights for the ball like it's his only worldly possession, and he's been putting in extra work when he isn't practicing. Basically, he sounds like Antonio Brown, when he was a fresh, new face. And, thanks to injuries to Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton, Goodwin has found himself getting exposure by playing with the starters a fair amount.
While Goodwin likely projects as a developmental player, he is probably more polished than the athletic freak LaRon Byrd he replaces.