ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- It's been a tough week for Marquise Goodwin.
The Bills claimed Marcus Thigpen, a return specialist, off waivers Wednesday from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While he has limited experience as a wide receiver and running back, Thigpen made his mark returning kicks and punts for the Miami Dolphins in 2012 and 2013.
That's not good news for Goodwin, who has struggled to emerge with the team since being drafted in the third round last season. While he's missed eight games over the past two seasons due to several injuries, Monday night was the first time he was healthy but inactive.
"I don't like being inactive," Goodwin said Wednesday. "I don't practice hard just to be an inactive. But it is what it is. If I don't fit the game plan, I just don't. I just do what I'm told, work hard and just try to help the team win in any way that I can."
Thigpen's addition could hit home as soon as this week for Goodwin, who has seen a diminished role on offense. The speedster was seen a return threat, especially after big returns in the preseason last year, but his presence on that unit wasn't enough to make him active Monday. Instead, the Bills turned to Bryce Brown and Marcus Easley to return kicks.
"It has been a humbling experience this whole year, coming from scoring a few touchdowns last season to having one reception right now and not really being able to help my team be victorious," Goodwin said.
Asked if injuries have been a factor, Goodwin said, "I guess you could say that, yeah."
A member of the U.S. Olympic track team, Goodwin also struggled to find a role in college at Texas.
"It's about equivalent to how college was, my last year," he said Wednesday. "I thought I was going to do better than I did but I eventually obtained my ultimate goal, which was to come to the NFL.
"So I'm here now. I'm just going to make the most of it and see where it takes me."