No. 2: Use Marquise Goodwin to Attack Bengals Secondary
Seahawks rookie wide receiver D.K. Metcalf gave the Bengals secondary all kinds of problems in Week 1, picking up 89 yards, including an impressive 42-yard scamper.
Another speedy Seahawks wideout, Tyler Lockett, also proved to be the difference maker with a 44-yard touchdown grab over the middle.
Notice a trend? Cincinnati is already showing signs of having trouble dealing with faster receivers down the middle of the field.
Pro Football Focus was much kinder towards the Bengals defensive backfield entering 2019 than it was the Buccaneers, ranking the former 13th overall entering the season, compared to Tampa Bay’s last-place placement. But cornerback William Jackson and safety Jessie Bates’ play in Week 1 hardly justified the rankings, and both were responsible for some chunk plays in Seattle.
One of the 49ers’ top chunk-play players is wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who had just one catch for seven yards in Week 1.
Few players on San Francisco’s roster stretch the field as well as Goodwin. But they key is for the Niners to find situations where plays can develop, putting players like Goodwin in positions to gain separation and get open.
And those typically start in the run game.