Dec 16, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson (25) carries the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 15-0. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Getting to Know New York Jets' Running Back: Mike Goodson


The running game has been given a pretty significant face lift by John Idzik and company. Gone is Shonn Greene, and in his place is Chris Ivory, and the guy we are going to talk about today. We got to know Chris Ivory a couple of days ago, today we take a look at a guy coming from a similar situation.

He hasn’t gotten a chance to play much, with only one season where he carried the ball more than 100 times.  But, when he has gotten the chance to play, he has performed quite well.  The spotlight is on RB Mike Goodson.

Mike is a local kid by birth, born in Irvington, New Jersey in 1987.  His family ended up in Texas, where he started his high school career at Westfield High School in Houston.  He transferred to Klein Collins High School in Spring, Texas, where he was given the chance to play running back.

As a junior, Goodson rushed for 1,152 yards on 101 carries, and 14 TDs.  As a senior, he rushed for 973 yards on 99 carries.  For his college ball, he initially made a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State, but by 2006, committed with a letter of intent to Texas A & M.

Here are his stats at Texas A & M:

Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2006* Texas A&M Big 12 FR RB 127 847 6.7 4 17 113 6.6 0 144 960 6.7 4
2007* Texas A&M Big 12 SO RB 153 711 4.6 4 36 361 10.0 4 189 1072 5.7 8
2008 Texas A&M Big 12 JR RB 94 406 4.3 5 37 386 10.4 3 131 792 6.0 8

He was drafted by the Panthers with their fourth round draft pick in 2009, the 111th pick overall.

In 2010, Goodson had the opportunity to make 3 starts for the Panthers, posting 390 yards in the three games. That year, Goodson ran the ball 103 times for 452 yards and 3 TDs. He was traded to the Raiders in March of 2012, and signed by the Jets during the current off-season. Here are his full career stats in the NFL to date:

Season Team Rushing Receiving Fumbles
G GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2012 Oakland Raiders 12             0 35 221 6.3 43 0 16 195 12.2 64T 1
2011 Carolina Panthers 4             0 1 4 4.0 4 0
2010 Carolina Panthers 16             3 103 452 4.4 45 3 40 310 7.8 32 0 6 3
2009 Carolina Panthers 8             0 22 49 2.2 11 0 2 15 7.5 13 0 1 1
TOTAL 160 722 4.5 45 3 59 524 8.9 64 1 7 4

Will there be enough carries to go around? Time will only tell. Mike Goodson will certainly make his case for getting some of those carries this fall.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    it looks like we have the opposite situation from what we’ve had the last several years. before we had nobody of quality to give the ball to. now we seem to have too many good backs to get enough touches. i much prefer the current dilemma. i don’t know what the problem has been for mcknight, fumbles, playbook issues or what. i don’t think rex has a problem with him or he wouldn’t try to put him on defense and all that. i just read he never spoke to sparano last year. that guy should be shot like a useless horse. my goodness, he’s supposed to be a coach and he never talked to the one dynamic player they had? what was the matter, he couldn’t use him in his offense because he moved too fast? in any event, it would be seriously messed up if he now becomes a major part of the offense now when we have these guys after what we’ve gone through the last two years. sheesh. i do expect him to get a fair shot this year. we’ll see what happens. i do expect us to have our best running attack in at least three years and probably since 2009, maybe longer.

    • TheJetPress

      It’s a nice dilemma I agree, having this many guys that can carry the rock. Interesting question, why did Sparano never talk to Joe. You are probably right he couldn’t catch him long enough to talk to him. I think Joe will get an excellent shot, he will fit well in the Marty offense. We will find out soon enough.