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Goodwin to compete at Pan American Games

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin will compete in the long jump for Team USA at the Pan American Games this month.

The Games will be held in Toronto July 10-26 with Goodwin's long jump qualifying event set for July 21.

Goodwin, a 2013 third-round pick by Buffalo, narrowly missed out on a spot in the world championships after taking fourth at the U.S. championships last month with a best jump of 27 feet, 5 1/2 inches.

"Back to football," Goodwin told the Associated Press then. "But words can't even explain how happy I am right now. ... I was like, 'I still have a little juice in the tank. I think I can make some noise. I believed."

Next summer, Goodwin could also have the chance to compete at the Summer Olympics in Rio. For now, the 5-foot-9, 179-pounder only said that football is his "main deal." A lot probably depends on how Goodwin performs this summer at St. John Fisher College in training camp. He caught only one pass last season and now must impress a new coaching staff. This is also a new receiving corps around him with the addition of Percy Harvin in the slot, seventh-round pick Dezmin Lewis and several other young wideouts vying for a roster spot.

On special teams, Goodwin lost his kick-returning duties to Marcus Thigpen in 2014. While Goodwin averaged 21 yards on four returns, Thigpen averaged 27.5 on six, in addition to the deciding 75-yard punt return for a touchdown against Green Bay.

In the meantime, Goodwin will keep track and field hopes alive. This multi-sport background was appealing to Buffalo in the first place. At Texas, he was a two-time NCAA champion and made the United States' 2012 Olympic team in London where he finished 10th.

"It's not like I retired and went into something else," Goodwin told the AP. "It's not like I haven't done anything. I've stayed sharp, basically through football workouts.

"I cater those workouts to track-specific things, so I don't lose the rhythm I've always had to keep football and track in balance. I don't want to get too much on the football side and gain weight, so I'm as fast on the field."

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