Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Jets RB Mike Goodson: 'I'm a playmaker'
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Mike Goodson missed training camp and the first four weeks of the regular season, but he hopes to make his New York Jets debut Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons.
"I feel like I'm a playmaker," the veteran running back said Wednesday after his first practice. "I have speed. Out there today, I felt pretty fast. That's what I'm going to hang my hat on."
Goodson, suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, was allowed to train at the team's facility during the suspension, but he wasn't permitted to work out or practice with the team.
Coach Rex Ryan was non-committal on whether Goodson would play, noting that he's not in football shape. Chances are, Goodson will have a small role, perhaps spot duty at running back and kickoff returner -- an area that could use a spark. With Chris Ivory still recovering from a hamstring injury, the Jets could use another pair of legs to help Bilal Powell in the backfield.
"I was excited to be out there today, so I can't imagine what it'll be like as we get closer to Monday night," he said.
This has been a difficult six months for Goodson. After signing as a free agent last March, he was arrested on drug and weapons charges. There was speculation he would be released, but the team stood by him. He didn't report to training camp as he reportedly received treatment for an apparent substance-abuse issue. The suspension was handed down at the end of the preseason.
"I've had a lot of time to think and get things together," he said. "I'm excited about [playing]."