When free agents sign with their new NFL teams it is expected that they contribute. For New York Jets running back Mike Goodson doubts continue as to when or even if he shows up at all. This player of course still faces weapons charges and has not appeared at Jets training camp. The exact reason for his absence has been unknown. Goodson was supposed to provide a solid change of pace from Bilal Powell and fellow offseason addition Chris Ivory.
Powell has enjoyed success this preseason and Ivory continues rebounding from injury. Uncertainty also exists as kick returner and speed back Joe Mcknight also looks to come back after being hurt. During his first four years, Goodson has posted an average of 4.5 yards per carry which demonstrates pure playmaking ability. While this potential playmaking ability could help their offense, the Jets may find that this negative attention is simply not worth such publicity.
Although Goodson’s charges are still pending, the way the hated AFC East rival New England Patriots have handled such legal troubles serves as a template for how to treat such issues. Of course New England quickly released tight end Aaron Hernandez. Acting in such a swift manner allows them to create distance between their organization and any undesirable behavior. Again everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and some teams like head coach Marvin Lewis’ Cincinnati Bengals give characters like Adam “Pacman” Jones second chances. Honestly, if an organization wants to proceed regardless of circumstances then his is up to their decision makers. New York’s general manager John Idzik remains hopeful on Goodson’s return. Idzik told ESPN.NewYork.com “Yes, I would expect him at some point.” I feel that there is still a chance that he does not make this team.