Mel Blount Believes Steelers Rookie WR C.J. Goodwin Has A Chance

When the Pittsburgh Steelers signed wide receiver C.J. Goodwin to the roster a few weeks ago, word quickly surfaced that Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount had called and arranged for him to get a tryout. Recently, Blount talked about making that call.

“When I called Kevin Colbert, I said, ‘This kid, you need to take a look at him,’ ” Blount told Alex Nieves of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’ve never called the Steelers and said, ‘Here’s somebody you all should take a look at,’ because that’s not what I do.

“But this kid, I’m willing to put my name and reputation out there because he’s an athlete, he can play and he’s a good kid. It’s more than just your ability to play and your talent. It’s also about your character.”

Blount has reportedly known Goodwin ever since he was in high school and the California University of Pennsylvania product even worked for the former Steelers cornerback at his youth home over the years.

While Blount was able to get Goodwin a tryout, the 6 foot 3, 190 pound wide receiver had no guarantees past that. It speaks volumes that he impressed enough to get signed to the offseason roster even though he only caught 11 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown last season.

While most of Goodwin’s playing time last season reportedly came on special teams, he did manage to register four total tackles and one blocked kick. He also reportedly recorded a 4.41 40-yard dash time and a 40-inch vertical jump at the regional combine in Detroit prior to the draft.

While Goodwin is an extreme long shot to make the Steelers final 53 man roster out of training camp this year, he certainly has great measurables. Assuming he makes it to Latrobe, he figures to have a shot at making the practice squad if he takes advantage of the limited practice reps and late preseason game snaps he is sure to receive. Blount likes his chances.

“I think that C.J. has a great opportunity, a great chance to make the team. But that’s just me from the outside looking in,” Blount said. “The main thing is that he’s in the door.”

  • Kurt Williams

    A.Brown, Wheaton, Moore are locks. M. Bryant has to fall on his face to not make the team. The battle for the last spot appears to be J. Brown, D. Moye and DHB. Where does CJ Goodwin fit, practice squad? Not to mention the other FA wr’s he’s competing against. I’d say he’s a VERY long shot. Good luck to him.

  • Paddy

    The kid has no chance.

  • James Kling

    Switch him to CB, maybe.

  • joed32

    PS at best. He has looked good but no way he makes the 53. Maybe next year.

  • James Goins

    Practice squad at best for sure. We are pretty stacked at wr. However, he’s got good measurables and he may be worth developing.

  • steeltown

    Lots of competition for not only that last WR spot but also ANY practice squad spot as well. Guys like Lanear Sampson, Danny Coale and K.Moore will be pushing, not to mention J.Brown could possibly be relegated to the PS for 1yr

    Best case scenario for CJ is for J.Brown to make the 53man and of course CJ shows enough to make it through cuts and beat out the other UDFAs

  • joed32

    It’s going to be a fun pre-season watching that horse race.

  • As with all the young guys, I wish him nothing but the best and hope he turns into a star — or at least makes the 53-man roster one day and contributes. The more talented options we have, the better, and, well, you never know.

  • Louis Goetz

    Out of all of the players spoken about, the one with the most question marks is actually Wheaton. He’s a 5’11” 189lb. wideout who caught 6 balls for 64 yards last year. What about that says lock? Bruce Davis was a 3rd round pick. Was he a lock? How about Kraig Urbik? Remember Thaddeus Gibson? I’m not saying Wheaton is a bust. I’m saying he hasn’t put enough on tape for anyone to say anything about him, much less that he’s a lock.

  • It’s a shame for him that Pittsburgh already brought in contingency plans after losing Cotchery and Sanders. I think he would have had a better shot at making the practice squad if he came in last year or even the year before. The competition for that 5th WR spot this year is too tough for a kid like Goodwin to crack. With any luck, Justin Brown wins the 5th WR spot and leaves a spot on the practice squad open for Goodwin. I feel like that’s his only shot. We’ll see. Good luck to him.

  • joed32

    He’s a lock because he’s that good. He’s fast and he catches everything. He had some trouble with routes last year, all rookies do, but after a year in the system he should be fine. He’s certainly not another Thad Gibson. Hopefully we get some tape this preseason. Heyward-Bey is the one that I question.

  • GoSteelerz

    If we keep two WR’s on the practice squad, then he has a good shot at being one of those two… With athletic ability and good character, he may be worth developing…

  • charles

    I hope that I am wrong, but Wheatties has Wallace hands. He has checkered past catching balls in traffic.

  • Milliken Steeler

    No he doesnt. He has better hands than Wallace. Wait and see.

  • charles

    Hope you are right, only time will tell

  • joed32

    We’ll see next month.

  • Rick Eger

    Do you remember Willie Parker?

  • Rick Eger

    Parker….Fast Willie Parker!

  • Louis Goetz

    Before you can play FWP you have to play Donnie Shell and James Harrison.