49ers' Marquise Goodwin wants to participate in 2020 Summer Olympics


49ers' Marquise Goodwin wants to participate in 2020 Summer Olympics

SANTA CLARA -- 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin expressed his interest in competing in the 2020 Summer Olympics that will take place in Tokyo, Japan. 

“Yes,” Goodwin said Tuesday. “One hundred-percent interest, but we are talking about football now; 2020 is next year.”  

After winning the Olympic trials, Goodwin competed in the 2012 Olympics tied as the No. 1 qualifier in his event, the long jump. He placed 10th in the final. He attempted to qualify again for the 2016 Summer Games but did not jump as well as he had in the past, and did not make the team. 

Goodwin said that he will not have to change his body too much other than getting a little lighter by cutting out sugar. He also said that his training will occur during the break after minicamp which will not affect his football career. 

“It’s just the offseason,” Goodwin said. “Same way I did it in high school, college, NFL, just make it happen. It’s all on my off time. So like I said, I use it as part of my training.”  

Goodwin also said that both the long jump and the wide receiver position require similar traits and skills which will facilitate a manageable training program. 

“What I do in long jump and track and field, definitely correlates with what I do as a receiver,” Goodwin said. “With being fast, being explosive, putting my foot down. It’s the same mechanics that I use in football and track. They go hand in hand with each other, at least with my position. I couldn’t say that with every position.”  

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Coach Kyle Shanahan was asked Wednesday if he would approve of Goodwin trying to be a part of the Olympic team, but wouldn’t give a concrete answer. 

“Yeah, I would think so,” Shanahan said. “But, in order for me to have an opinion on it, I would have to think about it a little bit more and I probably won’t start doing that until 2020.”

Fantasy football draft kit 2019: Player rankings, cheat sheets, strategy

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Fantasy football draft kit 2019: Player rankings, cheat sheets, strategy

The 2019 NFL season opens Sept. 5 in Chicago, but fantasy football owners are raring to go now, with drafts already kicking off all over the United States.

While title glory awaits some, everyone faces questions about how to build a championship-caliber roster. Who's worth a first-round pick? Should you draft a quarterback and a wide receiver from the same team, and if so, whom? Who are this year's sleepers and potential busts? Hitting on the former and avoiding the latter could be the difference between missing the playoffs and making a run toward the top.

Luckily, the NBC Sports Bay Area is here to help you crush your fantasy football league competition, with rankings, cheat sheets and strategic advice. Dive in, learn and dominate!

2019 Fantasy Football Draft Kit

Running backs you should handcuff in your 2019 fantasy football draft

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Running backs you should handcuff in your 2019 fantasy football draft


Everyone needs it, including fantasy football owners.

As you draft your teams over the next few weeks, you'll be looking for a safety net in one of your top picks gets hurt (or are holding out).

In this case, we're going to look at the backup running backs that need to be handcuffed to their team's starter because of injury or holdout.

Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, Chargers

Gordon is locked in a bitter contract dispute with the Chargers, and the fifth-year running back hasn't participated in training camp.

Now, Gordon could always sign and be ready for Week 1. But considering the sizeable gap with how much Gordon thinks he's worth and how much the Chargers want to pay him, you can expect this holdout to last a while.

That's where Ekeler comes in. While Gordon was the bellcow last season, Ekeler found a way to rack up 958 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns. If Gordon stuns everyone by sitting out the season, Ekeler is your guy. Even if Gordon signs a new deal, Ekeler still holds lots of value.

Sony Michel and James White, Patriots

Michel had a breakout rookie season in Bill Belichick's offense. But will he be able to repeat that success? If he can't, White will be there to pick up the crumbs.

While Michel outrushed White by more than 500 yards last season, the latter finished second on the Patriots with 751 receiving yards. Michel caught just seven passes for 50 yards.

If Michel struggles, White is a trusted veteran that can fill the stat sheet.

Zeke Elliott, Tony Pollard and Alfred Morris, Cowboys

Elliott is in the same boat as Gordon. He's holding out of training camp in the hopes of getting a massive new contract.

With Elliott out, 2019 fourth-round draft pick Pollard appears to be the running back that is getting the most action during the preseason. He even got a much-ridiculed vote of confidence from owner Jerry Jones, who said he believes Pollard can carry the "whole load." Sure, Jerry.

If Pollard can't carry the load, steady veteran Morris will be ready to step in. Morris spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons in Dallas, so he should know Jason Garrett's system well.

Jerick McKinnon, Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida, 49ers

If they're all healthy, the 49ers have a nice three-headed monster in the backfield. But McKinnon still isn't ready to play after tearing his ACL last year.

If McKinnon begins the season on injured reserve, Coleman and Breida will split carries. Both players ran for at least 800 yards last season. The 49ers haven't yet decided which one would be the primary ball carrier, but once they do, that player should be targeted by most fantasy owners.

Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison, Vikings

When Cook is healthy, he's an explosive back. But he's played just 15 games in two seasons, so the jury is still out on whether he can stay healthy for a full season.

If Cook can't stay healthy, the Vikings will likely give 2019 third-round draft pick Mattison a bulk of the work.

Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders, Eagles

Howard carried the load for the Chicago Bears last season, but an offseason trade now makes him as the top back in the City of Brotherly Love.

The problem for Howard is that the Eagles used their second-round draft pick on Sanders, and most experts expect Sanders to slowly eat into Howard's carries.

Howard should begin the 2019 season as the starter, but Sanders will likely take over later in the season.

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