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With the departure of last year's back-up running back Michael Bush to the Chicago Bears, the Oakland Raiders were very thin at the position. In order to fill the roster hole, the Raiders traded offensive lineman Bruce Campbell to the Carolina Panthers for running back Mike Goodson. After two Raiders organized team activities, Goodson likes the new offensive system. “I love it,” Goodson said. “It's fast. It's open. We have the zone working so it's a one cut and go deal. I think it plays right into my advantages. Get in there, make one move and get up–field using your speed.” Goodson was a fourth round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, where he spent three seasons before being traded to Oakland. For the Panthers he was a key special teams contributor especially in the kick return game. His best year came in 2010 when he made three starts, rushed for 452 yards including three touchdowns and caught 40 passes for 310 yards. After the Panthers hired Ron Rivera as their new coach in 2011, Goodson was unable to build on a solid 2010. Backing up one of the better running back tandems in the NFL in DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, Goodson appeared in four games, did not carry the ball, and made one caught before an injury ended his season. Now with the Raiders, he will battle second year man Taiwan Jones for the back-up running back job to Darren McFadden. With McFadden never having played a full 16 game season in his career, both backs will have to be ready when called upon. If Goodson's OTA performance is an indication, he be fine. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen spoke about Goodson after week two of the workouts. “Good athlete,” Allen said. ”He’s got some speed, some running skill, been real impressed with him. From the middle standpoint he’s done a nice job, so obviously I think there’s something to work with, with him.” Goodson will be a key contributor for the Raiders this season. With the NFL changing every year more towards a two back system to keep players fresh and healthy, Goodson's role with the Raiders is paramount. If he can fill the number two running back position and perform like he did in 2010, the Raiders will be thrilled. Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101. var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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