San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin has won the 2018 George Halas Award from the Professional Football Writers of America.
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, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed. Goodwin had a career year on the field while dealing with family tragedies during the 2017 season.
Goodwin was signed as an unrestricted free agent last year. His wife, Morgan, lost a premature baby boy due to complications during pregnancy on Nov. 12. Hours later, he caught an 83-yard touchdown pass, the longest by a 49ers player since 2014. He blew a kiss to the sky before crossing the goal line, and dropped to his knees in the end zone in prayer, overcome with emotion.
Goodwin also went through the loss of his biological father in December, then was carted off the field after being injured in the season finale. He finished with 56 receptions for 962 yards and two touchdowns and was third in the NFL in reception average at 17.2 yards.
He is the 50th Halas Award winner.
Other 2018 nominees were Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, Giants tackle Nate Solder and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.
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, S Michael Thomas, WR Cody Latimer, WR Russell Shepard, LB Lorenzo Carter, QB Kyle Lauletta, RB Jonathan Stewart, DT A.J. Francis.
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Strengths: Shurmur's Vikings offense put up 382 points last season with QB Case Keenum. He should produce as well with two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, WRs Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, TE Evan Engram and Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick in draft, at halfback. That's plenty of skill for team that scored 246 points last season. Coordinator James Bettcher's 3-4 defense has talent with DL/LB Olivier Vernon, DT Snacks Harrison Jaylon Smith Jersey
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Weaknesses: For second straight year, offensive line is major concern. Despite spending roughly $84 million to sign tackle Nate Solder and guard Patrick Omameh and draft guard Will Hernandez, line has struggled in preseason. Pass blocking has been adequate, but run game has been nonexistent. Defensively, free safety is unsettled. Third-year pro Curtis Riley is front-runner. There is little depth in secondary. Placekicker Aldrick Rosas can't afford to be inconsistent again.
Fantasy Players To Watch: Beckham. After missing most of last season with broken ankle, Beckham wants to show everyone he deserves to be NFL's highest-paid receiver. 25-year-old should post big numbers in Shurmur's new offense. He had 25 catches for 302 yards and three touchdowns in four games before being hurt Oct. 8. Dozen touchdowns and 1,400 yards receiving are doable. Engram and Shepard have looked very good in training camp.
Vegas Says: Super Bowl 40-1. Over/under wins 7.5.
Expectations: Super Bowl was wild expectation after Giants made playoffs 2016 under McAdoo, then first-year coach. Everything went wrong last season and McAdoo and Reese lost jobs in December. Teams tend to improve under new coaches and Giants have talent to make some noise. Getting back to playoffs would be good season in tough division that includes Super Bowl champion Eagles.
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