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Goodman strives for regular-season showcase

The battle for the No. 2 running back position was already the fiercest battle of early training camp. After Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage, the competition went up a notch. Now Herbert "Whisper" Goodman is out to prove that his success on other stages can translate into winning that coveted roster spot.<p>

Goodman is among five men fighting for the chance to backup Ahman Green. All come at the challenge from different angles. Undrafted rookie Tony Fisher's standout performance the scrimmage proved could be a diamond in the rough. Rondell Mealey wants to duplicate the success he experienced before injury ended his quest. Ki-Jana Carter and Jason Brookins are no strangers to the NFL limelight.

Then there's Goodman, who gained enough yards in NFL Europe to pave the way back to Green Bay's roster. The halfback claimed the developmental league's rushing title this spring with 877 yards for the Scottish Claymores.

"I went over there to compete and show that I can carry the ball," said Goodman, still as soft-spoken as his nickname indicates.

"My coaches there wanted me to make the first (defender) miss," Goodman said. "That doesn't always happen because I'm kind of a leg driver. But we talked and I did those things."

No doubt "Whisper" also wants to erase the memory of his lone NFL carry last season when he was driven back for a 1-yard loss.

Goodman, 25, gained 33 yards on 11 carries Saturday, but the third-year player may have been eclipsed by Fisher. The rookie garnered praise for his toughness as he gained 29 yards on nine carried and added 12 receiving yards on two catches.

The Europe experience may be a factor in Goodman's somewhat slow start at camp this year. He said the extra 2 ½ months of play won't affect him, those closest to him on the field aren't so sure.

"It's asking a lot of Herb to come in here and give a solid four weeks when he's alreay played 10 weeks about a month ago," Green said. "He's done a lot more physically than a lot of us have. He needs to pick up the reins."

Despite the grind of the developmental league, it was a worthy gamble for Goodman, whose pre-season promise has gone unfulfilled so far. Goodman's two-year career total is minus-3 yards on four carries. Rossely remains optimistic about Goodman's chances if the halfback can pickup the pace.

"There's flashes of the real ‘Whisper,'" Rossley said. "He's got great speed. He just needs to get himself up for it."

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