The Dallas Cowboys played against the Houston Texans with 52 players on their roster. It’s certainly not super common in the NFL, but it’s not exactly rare either.
That meant that Dallas had an open roster spot this week. They are filling that by poaching a cornerback from the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad, C.J. Goodwin.
Cowboys are signing CB CJ Goodwin off the Bengals’ practice squad, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 9, 2018
Goodwin doesn’t have a whole lot of NFL experience, but he definitely does have some that matters. He’s bounced around a few teams and he was even on the 2016 Atlanta Falcons that lost Super Bowl LI.
He’s also a bit shallow on experience with football in general. From our friends at Cincy Jungle:
Goodwin, at 6’4” and 220 pounds, was a college wide receiver who transitioned to the cornerback position. He had very minimal college production, having bounced around to three different institutions. He started at Bethany College, then transferred to Fairmont State University. Goodwin ended his collegiate career at California University of Pennsylvania.
Don’t get sour on Goodwin not having played football for his entire life. He’s got experience as an athlete having played basketball (Rico Gathers truthers just arrived), and perhaps more important than anything, he is very fast.
Just how fast is Goodwin? From the Bengals official website back in August:
Maybe the most intriguing guy emerging out of the opener for Simmons is the newly-arrived Goodwin. Because of the basketball background (he only played two years of college football), everyone knows he’s an athlete. But two years ago he was second on the Falcons in special teams tackles and made one in the Super Bowl. On Thursday he played with the eye-opening speed of an athlete that’s been there, done that and Simmons immediately put him in the roster derby.
Let’s hope he can help.