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Falcons giving C.J. Goodwin, former wide receiver, a shot at cornerback

It's one of those fun camp stories that rarely turns into anything, but maybe this time will be different. Maybe?

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C.J. Goodwin is a wide receiver who has been on the Falcons' roster throughout the offseason, but you could be forgiven for forgetting about him. There was approximately a 0% chance that the 26-year-old was going to crack the receiver depth chart in 2016, considering the players in front of him.

An interesting thing was announced today at rookie minicamp, though, that should both increase your awareness of Goodwin and increase the chances he'll make the roster, though he's still a very, very long shot.

Per D. Orlando Ledbetter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The Falcons moved wide receiver C.J. Goodwin, a former practice squad player, to cornerback at the team’s rookie minicamp on Friday.

Goodwin, who’s 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, was used in practice at cornerback last season and went against star wide receiver Julio Jones.

"Guarding Julio Jones is not the easiest job on the planet," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. "We said, ‘we might have something here.’ "

These types of conversions very rarely work out, but a 6'3" or 6'4" cornerback (depending on who you ask) would be a very interesting project, indeed. It's possible Goodwin will stick around on the practice squad this year while the team sees if this sticks, and if he offers even a modicum of upside, he might be able to hang on as one of the team's last defensive backs. Stay tuned.