49ers’ Goodwin misses practice with injury
A calf contusion and lingering Achilles issue kept wide receiver/kick returner Marquise Goodwin off the 49ers practice field Wednesday. It’s the latest setback of a “very inconsistent” season, as described by coach Kyle Shanahan.
“It’s tough to be consistent when you’re not healthy, and we’re dealing with that this week, too,” Shanahan said. “Hopefully he’ll be more fortunate with that stuff next year.”
Goodwin looked like the 49ers’ No. 1 receiver in training camp. He was building off a breakout season (56 catches, 962 yards) that earned him a March contract extension through 2021.
This year, he’s played only 44 percent of the offensive snaps, and only four games have been over an 80-percent workload that’s expected out of a starting split end. A quadriceps injury in the season opener sparked his setbacks, along with a hamstring issue a few weeks later and then a Nov. 24 personal issue that led to a two-game hiatus. He hurt his calf on Sunday’s final snap.
With Dante Pettis proving this rookie season he can flourish in the splitend role but also rotate at other spots, Goodwin likely won’t have a full- time role next season, as Shanahan noted: “It definitely would help him more to not be out there as much.”
With Goodwin hurting again and Pettis (knee) already ruled out of Sunday’s season finale against the host Los Angeles Rams, the 49ers summoned wide receiver Steven Dunbar Jr. from the practice squad and he’s expected to make his NFL debut at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
Dunbar Jr.’s 6-foot-3 frame, his “good hands” and weekly know-how of the 49ers playbook are what Shanahan cited for his promotion over fellow practice-squad receivers Max McCaffrey and Jordan Smallwood.
Dunbar, an undrafted rookie out of Houston, was part of the 49ers’ original practice-squad class Sept. 2 that included quarterback Nick Mullens and running back Jeff Wilson Jr., both of whom will start against the Rams.
GOFF, LIKE SCHAUB?: On Rams quarterback Jared Goff, Shanahan said: “You could tell Goff was a special quarterback by what he did last season, and he started this season out even better. He was extremely accurate. He reminds me a lot of Matt Schaub. You’ve got a guy who’s very good in the pocket, and if you give him time to throw, he can pick you apart because his accuracy is that good.”
Shanahan was Schaub’s offensive coordinator in Houston when the quarterback completed a career-best 67.9-percent of his passes (4,770 yards, 29 touchdowns, 15 interceptions). Goff, drafted No. 1 overall out of Cal in 2016, is completing 65.2 percent of his passes (4,489 yards, 28 TDs, 12 interceptions).
Schaub, 37, is a backup with the Atlanta Falcons, where Shanahan also worked with him in 2016 before joining the 49ers.
Since returning from St. Louis in 2016, the Rams have lost both of their previous home games to the 49ers, both in late December. At stake Sunday is a chance for the two-time NFC West champs to secure the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Since walloping the host 49ers on 39-10 on Oct. 21, the Rams have added Fowler, gotten cornerback Aqib Talib back from injury and lost receiver
IT’S TOUGH TO BE CONSISTENT WHEN YOU’RE NOT HEALTHY.
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan on wide receiver Marquise Goodwin
Cooper Kupp to a torn ACL. They’ve lost two of their past three. “A couple games they hit a little bit of a lull going against really good defenses. They bounced back last week. Like the beginning of the year, you can tell why they’re one of the better teams in the league. They have the ability in all three phases to play like a top team.” TRADE REVISITED: When the Rams traded at midseason for Dante Fowler, the 49ers also had interest but took into account his pending free agency in March. “We’re always interested in adding pass rushers,” Shanahan said. “It was a little risky for the situation we were in.”
Fowler, drafted No. 3 overall in 2015 by the Jacksonville Jaguars, fetched a 2019 thirdround pick and 2020 fifth-round choice. The 24-year-old linebacker has started the past five games and has two sacks since joining the Rams. CENTER REVIEW: One of the 49ers’ biggest offseason moves was signing center Weston Richburg in free agency and then trading away Daniel Kilgore to Miami. Shanahan is “happy” with Richburg, even if outside analysts such as Pro Football Focus rate him poorly.
“We’ve gotten very good center play. He started this year at an extremely high level. He was doing as well in the run game as anybody I’ve had,” Shanahan said. “He had a number of setbacks with his knee injury that he’s battled through.”
49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin catches a pass in front of Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara on Sunday in Santa Clara. The injury-plagued Goodwin missed practice Wednesday.