Marquise Goodwin

49ers highlights: Jimmy Garoppolo, Marquise Goodwin connect for 38-yard TD

jimmygthrowus.jpg
USATSI

49ers highlights: Jimmy Garoppolo, Marquise Goodwin connect for 38-yard TD

That was quick. 

The 49ers started Sunday just about perfect in Cincinnati. After the defense forced a Bengals three-and-out, highlighted by an Arik Armstead sack, the offense came out firing on all cylinders. 

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hit wide receiver Marquise Goodwin for a 38-yard touchdown pass to give the 49ers an early 6-0 lead. Kicker Robbie Gould pushed it to 7-0 with an extra point.

Garoppolo started a perfect 2-of-2 passing for 43 yards and the touchdown in his opening drive. 

The 38-yard TD is more than Goodwin had all game in Week 1.

49ers' Kyle Shanahan explains why Dante Pettis barely played vs. Bucs

49ers' Kyle Shanahan explains why Dante Pettis barely played vs. Bucs

BOARDMAN, Ohio — 49ers' second-year receiver Dante Pettis was only on the field for two snaps in the team's 31-17 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday, and coach Kyle Shanahan admitted that was a slight oversight on his part. 

Looking at the snap count, it would appear that rookie Deebo Samuel and veteran Marquise Goodwin had been tapped for the starting roles, but Shanahan said that is not the case. 

“It’s definitely not Deebo’s job,” Shanahan said. “It’s not anyone’s right now. That's something I kind of talked about all preseason. No one has really taken that role. Dante had a set back with his groin injury where he missed some time in practice. That gave him a little set back leading into Week 1 which made it easier for Deebo to start over him.

"We went in knowing Deebo was going to get more playing time but I definitely didn’t only plan on Dante only getting two reps. He should have been in more than that and that starts with me and I’ll make sure to not let that happen again.” 

Here are the wide receiver snap counts against the Bucs:

Deebo Samuel 60
Marquise Goodwin 50
Richie James 26 
Kendrick Bourne 17
Dante Pettis 2

Each of the young receivers has flashed during training camp and the preseason, making standout plays. The word that Shanahan has emphasized, however, is consistency. He has been waiting for someone in the group to emerge as a consistent playmaker. 

Shanahan might be concerned about the performance of his young receiving group but he isn’t concerned about their potential. He also knows it’s his job, along with the coaching staff, to bring the best out in his players.

“What I’m excited about is that I know we have the answers in our building and it’s taken us a while to do that,” Shanahan said. “But we have guys that are young. We have guys that are very young. We also have guys that are injured so we are working through that right now which is always concerning. 

“Whenever you have a young group, you got to play young guys but you don’t want to put that pressure on those guys who aren’t quite ready. We dealt with that years previously also.” 

[RELATED: Bosa happy with adjustments, play in healthy 49ers debut]

Most players, including tight end George Kittle receiver Trent Taylor, have spoken about how it can take a full season to wrap your head around Shanahan’s complex offensive playbook. While they are able to get onto the field and make some plays, inevitable mistakes eventually occur. Taylor had become a go-to target for Jimmy Garoppolo before being sidelined with a foot injury

"I feel that way about our rookies that we’ve added, but they are rookies also, and if we can get some of these guys back healthy that will help,” Shanahan said. “I don’t feel like we have to go outside or anything like that so we have to continue testing these guys real hard, putting pressure on them and we need them to respond.” 

“I get to see these guys everyday I get to talk to them all the time, I really believe we have the right men in our room. We have guys that can handle coaching, that work hard and this is important to them. And they know that I’m going to be testing them but it’s because I believe in them. We need them to come through, and I know they will.” 

49ers' Deebo Samuel preparing to be unleashed in opener vs. Buccaneers

49ers' Deebo Samuel preparing to be unleashed in opener vs. Buccaneers

Rookie wide receiver Deebo Samuel had plenty to keep him busy as he prepared for his first 49ers regular-season game with a cross-country flight to Tampa, Florida.

As he packed his bags Friday for a nine-day trip, Samuel said his mind was on the work ahead of him -- and not his NFL debut.

“I feel very comfortable,” Samuel said. “I’m still studying. When I get on the plane I still have stuff to do. When game time comes, I feel like I’m going to be well-prepared.

“I try to stay calm until Sunday morning -- maybe Saturday night.”

The 49ers’ season opener on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers comes with a lot of question marks. Near the top of the list of unknowns is which wide receiver will emerge as a reliable target for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Samuel is a good guess.

“That’s going to be interesting as we go through each game,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “That’s something that isn’t set and it depends on the play called and the personnel in.”

The 49ers have not identified their starting receivers among a group that consists of Samuel, Dante Pettis, Kendrick Bourne, Marquise Goodwin and Richie James. Those five receivers are expected to be active for the game on Sunday with Trent Taylor and Jalen Hurd ruled out due to injuries. Shanahan said each of the team's active receivers will have a role in Week 1.

The 49ers selected Samuel in the second round of the draft, as the 49ers looked to upgrade the strength of their receiving corps. Hurd, the team’s third-round draft pick, is out indefinitely with a back issue.

[RELATED: Antonio Brown-Raiders drama exactly why 49ers did not trade for star]

Samuel was not unleashed in the preseason, though he ranked second on the 49ers with six receptions for 104 yards. The 49ers coached Samuel at the Senior Bowl, where they witnessed his playmaking ability and tough, determined running style after the catch.

Samuel said he likes the team’s game plan to go up against the Buccaneers, but has not wasted any energy on projecting what it might mean for his stat line on Sunday.

“I just go out and contribute to the team in any aspect of the game,” he said. “I don’t set personal goals. I just go out there and do what I got to do.”