Beathard cherishes role in emotional Goodwin touchdown


Beathard cherishes role in emotional Goodwin touchdown

SANTA CLARA – The quarterback who delivered the pass that resulted in Marquise Goodwin’s emotion-packed touchdown did not know the sorrow with which his teammate was playing.

“I had no clue,” 49ers rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

Beathard, like many of his teammates, did not find out Marquise and Morgan Goodwin lost their baby boy in the early morning on Sunday due to complications during pregnancy. Beathard learned about the tragedy after the game – a game in which Goodwin caught an 83-yard touchdown pass.

“That shows a lot about who he is,” Beathard said. “He’s a great dude. The night before – I didn’t even realize – he probably didn’t sleep. I’m sure he got no sleep the night before and went out and played. There are a lot of guys in that situation who would not have been able to do that. He showed a lot to us, the tough guy that he is.

“Our prayers have been with him and his family. I can’t even imagine going through that. He’s just a genuine dude, and it was awesome to have him have that big touchdown."

A clearly distraught Goodwin arrived at Levi’s Stadium 3 ½ hours before kickoff Sunday against the New York Giants and met with 49ers officials before deciding to play. The 49ers entered the game short-handed at the receiver position. Goodwin played 48 of the 49ers' 61 offensive snaps.

“I just met him up here and a few of us did and talked to him,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He was struggling with it for obvious reasons. He decided to play, which we were very grateful for. I think he did a hell of a job for his wife being there for her and helped out his family from that aspect, and also helped out his family here, too. I think he helped out every side and was pretty impressive.”

Goodwin also provided a key block to clear the sideline for tight end Garrett Celek on a 47-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. Earlier, everything came together on Goodwin’s long touchdown reception. His emotions poured out in the end zone as he fell to his knees in prayer.

“I think it meant a ton to him , and you see that when he crosses the goal line,” Beathard said. “It’s like he releases all the (emotion). It was an emotional moment for him. Now knowing what he went through the night before, I’m glad I was a part of that and the way that play worked out.”

49ers host two free-agent cornerbacks


49ers host two free-agent cornerbacks

The 49ers hosted two veteran cornerbacks on free-agent visits the past two days and could be signing either Jaylen Watkins or LaDarius Gunter as they wind down their activity on the free-agent market.

“We’re really pleased with what we’ve done,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Thursday. “I’ll never say never. We’ve had a couple of guys visit in the last couple of days. Perhaps we’ll do something there. But for the most part, we’re wrapped up and pleased with what we’ve been able to do.”

The 49ers do not have much depth behind presumptive starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon. The team is also likely to add to its depth in the draft.

The 49ers met with Gunter (6-foot-2, 201 pounds) on Thursday. Gunter, 25, started 15 games for the Green Bay Packers in 2016. He recorded 54 tackles and broke up 12 passes. He signed with the Packers in 2015 as an undrafted rookie from Miami.

Gunter was waived at the beginning of last season and the Carolina Panthers claimed him. He appeared in just four games with Carolina, which did not tender him as a restricted free agent.

The 49ers on Wednesday met with Watkins, 26, a versatile defensive back who appeared in 36 games with five starts in four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Watkins (5-11, 195) played three snaps on defense and 17 plays on special teams in the Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 on Feb. 4. He entered the NFL in 2014 as a fourth-round draft pick from Florida.

Eric Reid discusses free-agent status, 'going to consider different ways to be active'


Eric Reid discusses free-agent status, 'going to consider different ways to be active'

STANFORD – Free-agent safety Eric Reid chatted with 49ers general manager John Lynch on the sideline, then moved into position onto the field for an up-close view of his brother’s pro day workout Thursday at Stanford University.

Younger brother, Justin, is aiming to be a first-round draft pick like Eric, whom the 49ers selected with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2013 draft.

Both football futures of the Reid brothers remain uncertain. Justin's fate will be determined on draft day. Eric Reid remains in limbo as an NFL free agent. He has not gotten any action in the first week of free agency, and the 49ers have not made him a contract offer, he said.

But Lynch said the 49ers are closely monitoring Reid’s situation. However, the organization already has three safeties they like: Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert.

“Eric played and played well for us last year,” Lynch said. “I think he’s stuck in a safety market that’s been quiet. And I would anticipate things starting to shake for him and we’ll see.

“I’d never say never. I really do think opportunities will start to come his way. We’ve been monitoring it closely and we’ll see how that shakes out.”

Reid, 26, a six-year NFL veteran, said his agent has spoken recently to “a couple of teams,” but no contracts or visits have been proposed.

Reid’s market might be impacted by his up-front role in the protests of racial inequality of the past two seasons. Reid and Colin Kaepernick were the first players to take a knee during the national anthem at the beginning of the 2016 season.

Reid said he would probably not take part in any future protests during the national anthem.

“From the beginning, Colin has been flexible,” Reid said. “He started by sitting. He changed it up. We decided to kneel. And we understand that you got to change with the times. So I’m not saying I’m going to stop being active, because I won’t. I’m just going to consider different ways to be active, different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country to improve on.

“I don’t think it’ll be in the form of protesting during the anthem. And I said ‘during’ because it’s crazy to me that the narrative got changed to we were protesting the anthem, because that wasn’t the case. But I think we’re going to take a different approach to how to be active.”

Reid said he has no regrets. He said he is willing to deal with the consequences of how NFL teams viewed his role in the protests.

“I stand by what I’ve done,” Reid said. “I know why I’ve done it. My faith in God is the reason. I can go to sleep at night confident I did what I was called to do. I’m just gong to stay positive and keep trying to stay in shape and wait and see what happens.

“I said at the end of last season I’m OK no matter what happens.”