Veterans Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin are “clearly” the 49ers’ top-two wideouts at training camp according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.
The 30-year-old Garcon signed an extremely lucrative deal with the 49ers in March after five stellar years with the Washington Redskins and was brought into the organization for leadership both on and off the field. The lesser-known Goodwin spent four years with the Buffalo Bills and is a literal Olympian with blazing speed.
That speed has not yet translated to success on the football field as the 26-year-old has only 49 catches in those four years, with 29 of them coming in 2016, but he has never before played for an offensive guru like 49ers rookie head coach Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan plans to use Goodwin much like he did Taylor Gabriel in Atlanta last season.
Jeremy Kerley will man the slot in three-receiver sets, and Aldrick Robinson is the favorite for No. 4 duties. Rookie slot prospect Trent Taylor has stood out since the spring. There is some talent in this group but their upside is severely limited by the lack of a franchise quarterback in San Francisco. Shanahan had Matt Ryan running that stellar offense in Atlanta. No one expect the likes of Brian Hoyer at Matt Barkley to put up similar numbers.