This is the second in a series of “5 Questions” with guys on the Steelers roster that are either on the practice squad, injured reserve or who haven’t contributed much in the way of on-the-field play this year.
This installment: Practice squad wide receiver C.J. Goodwin (6-3, 190).
Everybody remembers in the spring when Steelers Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount put a call into general manager Kevin Colbert to see if he would take a look at a young and raw receiver who barely played (11 receptions) his senior year at Division II California (Pa.).
Colbert obliged and a few days later, the Steelers signed Goodwin to the 90-man off-season roster. Although Goodwin was cut during training camp, he was able to catch on with the Steelers 10-man practice squad.
Question #1: How beneficial has it been for you to be able to spend a year with an organization on the practice squad compared to working out on your own?
“Everybody has been very helpful – the older guys, the vets have been helpful. They give you anything you need. I have been able to learn whatever I have needed to learn. Playing against the ones just makes you a much better player.”
Question #2: What do you try to get accomplished during a practice week? Do you try to get the starters a good look or try to work on your game?
“First and foremost, I try to give them a good look. Secondly, I am trying to get better as a football player and a wide receiver. Coach Tomlin tells us all the time to go hard and tell us to improve. That’s my job and what I am going to do.”
Question #3: You really haven’t played much football, how much improvement have you been able to make over the past couple months?
“We will see when the offseason comes. We will see next season how good I got and see if I can stay around. If you know my story, I am just happy to be here. Of course, you want to get better and want to be on the field but I understand what is going on.”
Question #4: Do you feel that you showed enough during your time here that they will ask you back next year?
“They say that I am very raw. They say that I am athletic. But I don’t want that to be my story. I want to be good. I want to be great. I like the story of what Mel Blount did for me, it’s a good story. I appreciate what he did for me but I want to be a good player other than a raw athlete that got help from Mel Blount. This offseason is huge for me. I have to make it through this first, but the offseason is huge. I can’t wait for that just to see how much better I can get.”
Question #5: You ever look out there on the field and soak it in and say wow, I am on the same football field as Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown especially knowing where you came from?
“When I first got here I was. Ben talks to me and everybody is just so cool with me. They are accepting.”
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