RB Mike Goodson - Free Agent

5-11, 208Born: 5-23-1987College: Texas A&MDrafted: Round 4, pick 111 (2009)

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2013 Week 5 vs ATL (3 / 32 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Goodson saw his first official action as a New York Jet. Goodson played a limited number of snaps, but looked explosive. Goodson caught Smith's first completion on a key 3rd-and-2 that extended the first drive. Early in the 2nd quarter, Goodson lined up as the Wildcat QB and took the snap off left tackle for a 26-yard gain. Goodson showed burst and explosion as he beat the linebacker to the edge and accelerated down the left sideline. Goodson's speed and vision brought life back into the Wildcat package. Goodson did not play at all during the 2nd half, but no injury was reported.

2013 Week 6 vs PIT (4 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Once again, Mike Goodson proved he is New York's most explosive running back, but a serious knee injury may sideline him. Late in the fourth quarter, Goodson was chasing down Lawrence Timmons after Geno Smith's interception and appeared to injure his knee after making the tackle. Prior to the injury, Goodson looked explosive on the edges. Two of Goodson's four carries went for gains of 10+ yards. Late in the fourth quarter, Goodson took a shotgun snap off right tackle for an 18-yard gain.

2012 Week 1 vs SD (2 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

On the opening series when Darren McFadden, it was Goodson who came on first in relief and not Taiwan Jones. He didn't see much action, however, since McFadden was option 1, 2, and 3 in the Raider offensive game plan. On one particular play, Jones mishandled a reverse pitch and then made matters worse by running backwards which resulted in a 25-yard loss on the play. Goodson picked up a chunk of that yardage on the very next play to gain eleven, so by comparison he did much better. But neither player saw enough action to really get a gauge on expected usage patterns going forward.

2012 Week 2 vs MIA (1 / -6 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 83 / 1 rec)

Goodson took a screen pass in the first quarter and streaked down the sideline for a long TD that no doubt left Mcfadden owners in a rage. Goodson seems to be a more natural receiver than Mcfadden, as he's able to catch the ball without losing momentum, something Mcfadden seems to struggle with. But at this point, he's the clear backup RB, and on this offense that's not a position to be putting on your roster.

2012 Week 3 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Goodson may appear to be the clear back-up to McFadden, but it's also clear that he'll only get consistent playing time if McFadden is unable to go. Goodson only had one offensive touch but did have a nice kickoff return to set up Oakland with good field position around the 50.

2012 Week 4 vs DEN (3 / 22 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / -5 / 0 rec)

It is fair to assume if McFadden is struggling, there isn't going to be much for Goodson in the running game either. Goodson received three carries, but only one came when the game was still in question. Goodson also caught three passes, but for a net of negative five yards. Goodson's best play was a blown-up screen that saw him completely reverse the field, nearly getting tackled for a safety before picking up what was thought to be a first down. The play was ultimately overturned; with Goodson just short of the first on his longest catch of three yards (despite running for nearly 20 on the play). Goodson is the clear backup to McFadden; however, as Taiwan Jones works as a gunner on special teams and played zero snaps on offense.

2012 Week 6 vs ATL (4 / 59 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 37 / 0 rec)

Mike Goodson had a stellar day on limited touches while spelling McFadden thanks to two big plays. One was a 43 yard run in which Goodson had a ton of space on the right side and took full advantage. His second big play was a 37 yard screen pass executed to perfection. It's clear Goodson can be a competent, explosive backup to DMC and used for big play potential, as the Falcons didn't gear up for him nearly as much as they did for McFadden.

2012 Week 7 vs JAX (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Goodson was exclusively in for passing downs and hurry up mode, but only caught one ball for 6 yards. His biggest impact came in the kick returning game, as he set up the Raiders near midfield with a 45 yard kick return. The Raiders ultimately squandered that possession, leading to a punt.

2012 Week 8 vs KC (4 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Returning kicks and spelling Darren McFadden occasionally, Goodson took four carries for twenty-two yards against the Chiefs. While three of his runs went nowhere, Goodson did manage to scamper downfield on one run for twenty-one yards. The former Panther is not necessarily the power back that his teammate McFadden is, but Goodson has some wiggle to his game that McFadden does not possess. The Raiders did not call Goodson's number in the passing game in Week 8.


2012 Week 9 vs TB (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 52 / 0 rec)

Goodson's first involvement was a reception, when he caught the ball out of the backfield and was able to sprint forward for a first down unopposed. Goodson's second touch was a reception also as he caught a seven yard pass out of the backfield on second and 20. After McFadden went out injured, Goodson became the primary back, but only had two carries on the day. Neither of which went anywhere. Goodson was heavily involved in the passing game, but that was only because Palmer was forced to check the ball down to him so often when he was under pressure.

2012 Week 15 vs KC (13 / 89 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Mike Goodson ran with excellent feel for cutback lanes, was able to get to the perimeter with his speed and make subtle moves in the hole, and overall delivered a great performance. Goodson was elusive and broke several tackle attempts as well and proved to be a good complement to McFadden. He was adequate in pass protection as well.

2012 Week 16 vs CAR (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Mike Goodson was a non-factor on his four carries. Like McFadden, he was met instantly at the line of scrimmage by a swarm of Panthers defenders and found little joy when he bounced it outside. Goodson was not helped by an anaemic Raiders' passing offense.

2012 Week 17 vs SD (1 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Goodson had just one offensive touch in the game, but didn't stick around long enough to pick up any additional work. He got into a skirmish with a San Diego defender after a first quarter play, and despite no punches being thrown, both players were ejected.

2011 Week 3 vs JAX (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mike Goodson was targeted only once in this game on a quick Texas route out of the backfield, but the ball hit off his hands and almost landed in the palms of a Jacksonville linebacker for the interception. Goodson, clearly displeased with his error, did not see the field the rest of the game except in kick return situations.

2010 Week 1 vs NYG (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)

Goodson got no carries, but did have 3 receptions for a total of 31 yards. He was a bigger factor in special teams where he returned 5 kickoffs for 115 yards, including an outstanding 45 yard return.

2010 Week 2 vs TB (5 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)

Mike Goodson is a player who is getting more and more looks in the Panthers offense as time goes by. In the fourth quarter, Goodson saw significant action both running and catching the football. Goodson showed his quickness and burst when he caught a quick pass in the flat early in the game. He also showed his ability to run after the catch and follow his blocks on a screen pass in the 4th. Don't be surprised to see Goodson's role increase with Clausen as the quarterback. He is a very talented back with great natural receiver-like hands and a tough runner despite his physical stature.

2010 Week 3 vs CIN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 8 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)

Goodson had an up and down day, making some good plays and so not so good plays. Goodson caught a nice pass from Clausen on an option route early, taking it upfield in a hurry. However, on the very next possession, Goodson had a bizarre fumble in which he seemed to take the handoff and then hit the ball in front of himself. It bounced forward and was recovered by the Bengals. Goodson had a couple of bad drops in this game on simple passes from Clausen, however, and his only big play came on a 20 yard screen pass late in the fourth quarter. Goodson is a player who came into the game with positive momentum, but if he continues to fumble and drop passes, we could see his role decrease quickly.

2010 Week 4 vs NO (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Goodson showed good speed, moves, and tackle-breaking ability on his kickoff returns, but his role in the offense was almost non-existent after being a big part of the unit during September.

2010 Week 7 vs SF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)

Although he was targeted three times, Mike Goodson's only catch came on a running back screen inside the shotgun formation. Patrick Willis immediately sniffed out the play and took Goodson down five yards behind the line of scrimmage.

2010 Week 8 vs STL (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 16 / 0 rec)

Mike Goodson took over Stewart's role as the primary backup this week and made the most of his opportunity. On one catch and run in particular on a quick screen, Goodson showed good body lean and agility to reach for the first down. Goodson got targeted on a swing pass in the endzone late in the game, but he was well covered coming out of the backfield. Goodson's role is limited by Williams and Stewart, but he is a talented back with elite speed who will eventually carve a bigger role out.

2010 Week 9 vs NO (9 / 29 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

Goodson has been on the field quite a bit this year, and in this game he received the opportunity to be the main ball carrier. He fared no better than anyone else has this season, as he couldn't get anything going. After Sutton's 32 yard run, the holes were non-existent until the 4th quarter. Goodson accumulated almost all of his yardage late in the 4th quarter when the game was far out of reach and when the Saints had abandoned the run defense.

2010 Week 10 vs TB (23 / 100 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)

Goodson showed off his shiftiness and speed throughout the game and finished with 100 yards on 23 carries. He took advantage of Tampa Bay's suspect rush defense and his speed really showed once he hit the second level. Goodson was also involved in the passing game with three catches, but failed to turn either of them into big plays and also lost a fumble. However, he showed the ability to produce despite an anemic passing game, and could continue to produce should Williams or Stewart miss any more time.

2010 Week 11 vs BAL (22 / 120 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)

Goodson put to rest any skeptics claiming that he couldn't rush for 100 yards in two straight weeks - and oddly enough, looked better than the Panthers two main vaunted running backs, Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Although Goodson didn't manage to find the end zone, he did break a long 45 yard run and showed shades of Deangelo Williams throughout the game. With Williams on the IR, there's no reason for Goodson not to get the majority of carries for the remainder of the year - even when Stewart gets fully healthy.

2010 Week 12 vs CLE (14 / 55 / 1 rush, 10 / 8 / 81 / 0 rec)

Goodson got the start, and he basically was the offense on the Panthers first touchdown drive, down to scoring the 26-yard TD himself on a run that showed terrific speed in the open field. Goodson gave way to Jonathan Stewart more often in the second half, but throughout the game he did damage running inside and outside, and also as Jimmy Clausen's favorite target out of the backfield. Goodson ran with toughness and urgency, breaking tackles and throwing out stiff arms on his way to third straight game over 100 total yards. Goodson also broke four tackles on a reception that kept the Panthers alive and almost led to a game-winning field goal. Stewart may get the starting nod going forward, but Goodson has proven that he is more than a role player in his audition and he has a bright future. He also has a good present in PPR leagues as long as Jimmy Clausen is the QB.

2010 Week 13 vs SEA (3 / 19 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Goodson only got a few carries, as Stewart was just too good to keep off the field. However, Goodson did continue to show his explosion, making a man miss in a very nice-looking 6 yard touchdown run. In the 2nd half, Goodson ran a kickoff back for a touchdown, but had the touchdown taken away due to a penalty. At this point, it looks like Goodson has fallen back to the support role again, as Stewart is the clear starter and should get the majority of the carries going forward.

2010 Week 14 vs ATL (9 / 70 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Mike Goodson has been on a tear as of late, terrorising defenses each and every week with his quickness, lateral agility and speed to get to the edge and run past defenders. Goodson also showed off his deceptive power between the tackles in this game as he sought out the tough yards between the tackles. Last season, that would not have been an option for the quick twitch Goodson, who would have simply bounced it outside. Goodson's touchdown run was a thing of beauty, as he followed his blocks well and made what can only be described as a sick cut at the end to make a defensive back miss completely.

2010 Week 15 vs ARI (10 / 21 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

With Jonathan Stewart on such a tear for the Panthers offense, Mike Goodson spelled him from time to time but looked very good on his touches. Goodson is a phenomenal open field runner with sick moves to make defenders miss as he showed on a couple of his runs today. Goodson has terrific straight line speed too as he displayed on a swing pass out of the backfield. He is a talented player who the Panthers will be eager to hang on to.

2010 Week 16 vs PIT (4 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Goodson didn't receive the amount of touches in this game that he had been getting, but his limited stat line is indicative of his strengths. He's in the mold of a typical 3rd down back - one that can handle a few carries and be effective in the change-of-pace role but do most of his damage as a pass-catcher. With a whole offseason to prepare in this role with whoever will start next season as Carolina's quarterback, Goodson could gain trust in his QB early and be an effective outlet option.

2010 Week 17 vs ATL (2 / 14 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / -11 / 0 rec)

Goodson exemplified the best and worst of the Panthers day, providing a burst of momentum in the first half, flashing a few nice moves that got him a big 15 yard gain. Then he lost the ball on a fumble to end the play. The Panthers were mounting an impressive drive and had just crossed into Atlanta territory for the first time. Given the score, there just weren't many carries to go around as the Panthers played catch up all day.

2009 Week 1 vs PHI (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Goodson was a star in the preseason for Carolina, but he was only used as a kick returner and the third RB off of the bench late in the game. As long as Jonathan Stewart is healthy, Goodson will not be relevant from a fantasy perspective. He also lost a fumble, which won't help his bid for playing time.

2009 Week 7 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Goodson got in for two carries when Jonathan Stewart left the game with a hand injury. He was sudden and elusive, but he also tried to do too much on his first carry and lost yards because of it.

2009 Week 9 vs NO (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Goodson saw the field for a handful of plays in week 9 but saw only a single target in the passing game for 2 yards.

2009 Week 16 vs NYG (5 / 2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Goodson didn't get that many touches, but he did convert a key third-down deep in Giants territory to help set up a score, and he flashed a good burst and toughness when his number was called. If he develops in the offseason, DeAngelo Williams could become expendable.

2009 Week 17 vs NO (13 / 44 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Goodson worked as the Panthers backup RB this week, seeing the ball a career high 13 times. Goodson saw little room early on to display his tremendous athleticism, however as the game wore on he began to see more green and broke a few runs for decent gains. He is every bit as fast as we thought he would be, but will he have a chance to put it on display next season is a crowded Carolina backfield?