Loser: Wide Receiver Marquise Goodwin
Emmanuel Sanders’ ascent within the 49ers offense has come at the expense of fellow wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who was inactive again after missing the team’s Week 13 contest, too.
Goodwin, who nearly reached 1,000 receiving yards with the Niners back in 2017, hasn’t been much of a factor at all this season. And while both injuries and personal tragedy have played roles, it’s hard to ignore the reality Goodwin is swiftly becoming an afterthought.
San Francisco’s wide receiver duties have shifted focus to Sanders, rookie wideout Deebo Samuel and depth receiver Kendrick Bourne, the latter posting two crucial touchdowns in the win over the Saints.
It appears as if this trio of Sanders, Bourne and Samuel have earned the favor from Kyle Shanahan, and it wouldn’t be shocking at all to see San Francisco part ways with Goodwin this offseason.
While it might be unfortunate, especially considering the outside circumstances, it’s clear Goodwin is no longer factoring into what Shanahan wants to do with his offense down the stretch.
And it will probably stay that way into the postseason, barring injuries to one of the other cast members here.