Goodwin: 'This is a man's game out there'


LATROBE, Pa. – There is a crowd at wide receiver, with starters Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton, as well as young receivers Martavis Bryant and Sammie Coates and veteran Darrius Heyward-Bey all in the mix.

One guy you shouldn't count out though, is C.J. Goodwin.

Goodwin, who spent the 2014 season on the Steelers' practice squad, is right in the thick of things battling for a roster spot, with his four-yard touchdown reception against the Jaguars on Saturday night not hurting him one bit.

Some behind the scenes images from Steelers Training Camp.

"I have to keep working hard," said Goodwin. "I have to learn what is going on in the offense and make sure I don't have too many mental errors."

Goodwin battled back this week after a tougher time against Minnesota a week earlier where he fumbled after a making a six-yard reception against the Vikings. He said he took the lessons from that game, and applied them to improving every day.

"I learned about securing the ball more," said Goodwin. "The speed of the game. It was much faster than I anticipated. It slowed down for me this game."

He also said having a year on the practice squad under his belt has given him a lot more confidence when he takes the field this preseason.

"I have more confidence than anything," said Goodwin. "Last year I was out there with no confidence. I am gaining confidence each day."

And while Goodwin would love to contribute on offense, he knows the key for him to make the 53-man roster is special teams play, something he embraces.

"I know I am going to be a special teams guy so I have to work my butt off and study extra hours just to make the team," said Goodwin. "There is definitely a mindset you have to have. This is a man's game out there. Somebody can embarrass you so you have to make sure you work hard and go hard every rep you get."

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