The Jets cut ties with Mike Goodson on Wednesday, ending a year-long saga that included an arrest, a court date, a league-mandated suspension, two games played, a season-ending knee injury and a no-show for training camp.
Goodson, signed by the Jets last offseason, was more of a handful for his own team than he was for opposing defenses. An offseason arrest for drug and weapon charges led to a suspension for the first four games of the 2013 season. Then two games into his abbreviated season, his campaign was truncated with a knee injury.
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Goodson was released after failing to show up for voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) or this week's mandatory minicamp.
“What I feel good about is that with all players, we provide them with an opportunity,” head coach Rex Ryan said. “It's unfortunate it didn't work out. We wish him the best moving forward.”
Ryan said he attempted to reach out to Goodson but hasn't been able to get in contact with the running back. He said did not know where Goodson was.
In two games played, he had seven carries for 61 yards and two receptions for 19 yards. He showed flashes of potential in those two games but his off-the-field problems coupled with injuries led to questions about future in the backfield. On Monday, Metro reported Goodson failed to show for team physicals prior to the start of minicamp.
That he didn't show for the first day of training camp underscored he wouldn't be a part of the Jets moving forward.
Jets notes ...
»Much like he did the day before, right guard Willie Colon stretched with the team and spent time on the stationary bicycle. Colon told Metro New York on Tuesday the recovery from his knee scope a few weeks ago is going well and he expects to be on the field come training camp in July.
With Colon unable to do live-contact drills, Brian Winters is getting reps at right guard and Oday Aboushi got reps at left tackle with the first team.
»Perhaps it is being overblown, but rookie tight end Jace Amaro has had difficulty catching the ball with his hands and often makes body catches. His hands measured nine inches, the smallest of any tight end at this year's combine. He had one drop and several bobbles on Wednesday.
His head coach didn't seem bothered though.
“He looks big to me,” Ryan said. “I've been pleased with him.”
»Ryan said he was pleased with the drop in penalties over Tuesday's minicamp session, which was marred with flags. “We're making mistakes, still making mistakes,” Ryan said.
»Running back Chris Ivory didn't finish practice today as he walked off with a rolled ankle. “We will probably hold him out tomorrow again,” Ryan said.
» Ryan said he was pleased inregards to the continued progress made by cornerback Dee Milliner.
“I think so. I really liked the way he played [Tuesday],” Ryan said. “I didn't see the tape from today.”
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