The one problem the New York Jets did not have offensively in 2012 was on the ground, as they had the NFL’s 12th-ranked rushing offense (118.5 yards per game). But a lackluster yards per carry average (3.8-tied for 23rd in the league) led to the underachieving Shonn Greene being allowed to sign with the Tennessee Titans in free agency, and Mike Goodson was signed to a three-year deal to take his place on the roster.
The Jets had the sixth-most rushing attempts in the league last season (494-30.8 per game), and that is unlikely to change with Mark Sanchez or perhaps David Garrard under center next season. The prospect of a lot of playing time and carries puts Goodson on the radar of fantasy football owners right now, though that could change if the Jets draft a running back later this month.
Goodson spent the 2012 season with the Oakland Raiders, playing in 12 games and totaling 221 rushing yards on 35 carries. He had 13 carries for 89 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15, but that was his only double-digit carry game of the season as he was largely buried on the depth chart.
Goodson spent his first three NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers, setting career-highs across the board in 2010 while starting three games. He also had his only two career 100-yard rushing games that season, and otherwise was buried behind DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart during his time in Carolina.
Goodson has been a bit banged up during his NFL career, which has to be a concern with just 160 carries over his four seasons. But the Jets look prepared to give him the opportunity to earn a significant role, and his career average of 4.5 yards per carry and production as a pass catcher (40 receptions in 2010) creates some upside potential if a bigger workload comes as expected.
Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight may be in the mix for playing time in the Jets’ backfield, but neither looks likely to take enough touches away from Goodson to create a dreaded running back-by-committee and draw the ire of fantasy owners on a weekly basis.
I think Goodson has a chance to be a solid low-end RB2 in standard leagues in 2013, with slightly more value in PPR formats if he becomes a primary option in the passing game. With New York’s lack of proven wide receivers, Goodson could easily add 50 receptions to 250-300 carries if he stays healthy.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.