The New York Jets opened their mandatory mini-camp practices this week with key players such as second year cornerback Dee Milliner and prized free agent signee running back Chris Johnson attended practices, even though Johnson was limited in his first day in pads. Even one of their fourth round receivers, Shaq Evans, attended mini-camp. The former UCLA Bruin missed OTAs and rookie camps to finish his undergraduate work and was excused from all optional practices. One player that did not show up, nor was expected to, was running back Mike Goodson.
Goodson signed on with the Jets last season, hoping to make an immediate impact on the offense. However, the troublesome speedster did not see the field as much as expected last season, following an arrest and suspension due to a run-in with the law. After serving his suspension, Goodson did not finish out the season because of a knee injury that sidelined him for the rest of the year. Rehabbing after knee surgery can be an excuse to miss optional practices, but with another court date looming for the veteran and his absence from mini-camp officially put the nail in the coffin on his days in New York.
Missing a mandatory mini-camp does not bode well for the veteran running back, especially since Gang Green deepened their backfield with key off-season acquisitions. The running back position is one of their deepest positions and holds the fiercest competition for roster spots. Veteran players such as CJ2K, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, and Daryl Richardson will be added into the mix as to who will be carrying the load for the offense, leaving Goodson as the odd man out.
General Manager John Idzik and Head Coach Rex Ryan were evidently outraged by Goodson's absences and solidified the end to his brief and tumultuous Jet career. With a loaded depth chart and plenty of talent in front of him, Goodson will likely not be missed.
When healthy and not embroiled in legal trouble, Goodson brought an added dimension into the backfield with his blazing speed and his excellent receiving abilities. However, with CJ2K on the roster and Powell making an impression on the offense in the passing game, Goodson was apparently more trouble than he was worth.