The New York Jets will finally get to see their biggest free agent signing of the summer in action on Monday. The Jets signed running back Mike Goodson to a 3-year, $6.9 million contract this offseason, but Goodson was suspended four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The suspension stemmed from a May arrest for drug and weapons charge.
Goodson will make his debut this week, and he said Monday that he feels “healthy, strong, fast and ready to play.” The Jets hope he is right, because they need another playmaker on offense with Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and possibly Chris Ivory set to miss Monday’s game with the Atlanta Falcons.
Goodson is an explosive player with 4.4 speed and excellent receiving skills. He should immediately take over the third down back role, and there is a good chance he will handle kick return duties. As good as Bilal Powell has been this season, he is not the type of player to break long runs or scare the defense with his big play ability in the passing game.
Goodson brings those things to the table, and his presence should make Geno Smith’s life easier. The Jets will look to get Goodson the ball in space on screens and swing passes, and those make for easy completions for the quarterback. The threat of Goodson out of the backfield should serve to slow the Falcons’ pass rush, which the Jets will need given the fact they are missing both starting receivers.
Goodson will probably not have a huge impact on this game, as he is going to need time to shake off the rust and work his way into game shape. However, he is the type of player who can break a big play at any given moment, so he might surprise the Falcons. Goodson should become an even bigger contributor as the season progresses, and the Jets have to be thrilled to finally have him back.