Mike Goodson discusses return to Jets, drug suspension

Mike Goodson is back with the team, but won't be able to work out with them on the field. Credit: Getty Images
Mike Goodson is back with the team, but won’t be able to work out with them on the field.
Credit: Getty Images

Mike Goodson is back with the Jets but it is a tease for the team as he can’t contribute anytime soon.

Goodson, who was uspended on Monday night by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, practiced on Tuesday but won’t be eligible to return to the playing field until after the Jets’ Week 4 game against the Titans. Goodson was arrested early in the morning on May 17 in northern New Jersey on drug and weapons charges. He was a passenger in a vehicle that was found parked in the middle of Route 80 and marijuana and a handgun were found by police inside the vehicle. Just two months earlier, Goodson had signed a multi-year contract with the team.

He missed all of training camp to attend to a personal matter, presumably connected to his arrest. On Tuesday, he would not specify as to the reason for his absence but he says he returns a different man than the one who was arrested three months ago.

“I just have my life in order,” Goodson said. “I was able to get my life in order and able to look at some things that I wasn’t happy with myself.”

Goodson can add another dimension to a backfield severely lacking in tried and true options if he is healthy. After losing Shonn Greene to the Titans this offseason, the Jets signed Goodson and traded for Chris Ivory from the Saints. The moves brought in backfield talent to complement Bilal Powell, who the second running back on the depth chart last year. Ivory and Powell combined have just 10 starts in six NFL seasons.

Ivory told Metro that the addition of Goodson is “always a positive when you have a lot of good backs.”

“It is definitely a benefit. If a man goes down, the next man goes up,” Ivory said. “Not sure how we’re going to be used but all of us can be used differently and be a positive for the running game.”

Head coach Rex Ryan said on Tuesday that Goodson will clearly have some work to do to get ready for a game, but with the news of his suspension, he at least has the benefit of five weeks where he can get in shape. Once the suspension starts next week, Goodson will be able to use the team facility and attend team meetings but he won’t be allowed to practice or play with the team.

The learning curve won’t just be a physical one for a player who admittedly has been away from football for the past month, but will be a mental challenge in terms of grasping the playbook. At least at his previous stop in Oakland, Goodson will benefit from a scheme similar to the Jets’ West Coast offense, which should aid his assimilation.

“I was at minicamp and I ran this offense and this style of offense in Oakland last year so I kind of know the scheme of things,” Goodson said. “It won’t be that hard for me to pick it up.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MTA announces service changes for Sunday

The MTA has announced service changes ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Riders using…

Local

NYPD launches Twitter account for L train

The NYPD recently launched a Twitter handle dedicated to the L train and its riders. According to @NYPDLtrain, officers went underground Thursday morning to hand…

Local

Bushwick community space offers activists a place to…

A new Bushwick community space offers community activists to meet, create, learn and throw back a few cold ones. MayDay, located 214 Starr Street in Bushwick,…

Local

Activists gearing up for Sunday's "historic" People's Climate…

If all goes according to plan, more than 100,000 people will gather near Central Park West on Sunday morning and march through midtown to raise…

Arts

EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Adam Jacobs at 'Aladdin' on…

Metro shadowed Adam Jacobs backstage at "Aladdin" on Broadway.

Movies

Review: Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' is better…

Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Zero Theorem," concerns a reclusive malcontent (Christoph Waltz) struggling with the search for the meaning of life.

Music

Esperanza Spalding and a being called Emily get…

Esperanza Spalding is about to spiral off in a brand new direction that may or may include an alter ego named Emily.

Movies

Review: Bickering family dramedy 'This is Where I…

A talented cast sits Shiva in the bickering family dramedy "This is Where I Leave You," although it's more sap than yuks.

NFL

J.J. Watt poses unique challenges to struggling Giants…

Watt, arguably the best defensive player in the league, is the leader of a surprising Texans (2-0) team that has already matched last season’s win total.

NFL

Eric Decker 'unlikely to play' against Bears: Source

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker's status for Monday night’s game against the Bears is in doubt after he missed practice again Wednesday.

NFL

Preston Parker, not Odell Beckham, will replace Jerrel…

Tom Coughlin noted the next man up will be unheralded veteran Preston Parker.

NFL

NFL Week 3 full schedule (kickoff time, TV)

NFL Week 3 full schedule (kickoff time, TV)

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.

Style

3 things we love from Day 1 of…

The highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week.

Sex

Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…

Sex

Need an idea for a first date? Here's…

Picture your idea of a nice first date. Is it dinner and a movie? A visit to an interesting museum exhibit? Instead, an expert on…