Originally posted on Thoughts from the Dark Side  |  Last updated 5/22/12

This off-season the Raiders traded for former Carolina Panther's RB Mike Goodson in a rare player for player trade, giving up the rights to OL Bruce Campbell for Goodson.

Goodson had hardly any opportunities in Carolina, being buried on the depth chart. In fact, during the 2011 season he did not carry the ball once. His only stat for 2011 was a reception that gained 4 yards.

In 2010, Goodson was able to help his team much more. He played in all 16 games that season and started 3 when both DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart were out with injury.

It was to those games in which he was a starter that I turned for his film review because it gave me the best idea of how he would hold up over a game and how complete a back he was.

Specifically, I looked at Weeks 10 and 11 of the 2010 season, with Carolina facing off against Tampa Bay and Baltimore, respectively.

Carolina gave a lot of I formation and single back looks and Goodson did well with both, which is good because I imagine that the Raiders will do both, but especially be heavy on I formations with Knapp running the offense.

Goodson showed impressive burst to the line. Prior to his film review, my impression of him was that he was a big back - more in the Michael Bush mold. This is incorrect. He has good size but he's a much more shifty and faster back than Bush. He doesn't seem to initiate contact like Bush did, either. I consider that a plus, actually because back's that initiate too much contact tend to wear down their bodies that much faster.

Goodson has a reputation for fumbling and it's clear that it's an issue. The fumbles I saw were predominately because he was holding the ball out in his hand and trying to juke or get extra yardage instead of clamping the ball as he should. This is a coach-able trait, however, and many backs including Tiki Barber and, more recently, Adrian Peterson have been able to work hard and improve their holds to reduce fumbles.

He is not a small guy - he stands at 6'0" which is moderately tall for a RB - but he has exceptional change of direction. He was able to juke LBs for extra yards consistently. Some of the moves were quite impressive actually.

One thing that may be an issue is that he sometimes tries to bounce the ball outside too quickly and ends up getting negative yardage. For example if the call is to hit the ball in between the LG and C and it seems to be blocked, there, he has a tendency to try to bounce it to the outside and get to the edge. When this works, he has the speed to turn the corner and get some positive yards but when it doesn't, he hasn't been vertical enough and usually is still in the backfield for a loss.

If teams study his film it seems likely that they would specifically work on making sure the gaps are clogged in the middle and driving him to the outside where LBs and CBs can bring him down. It would be better if he focused on being more of a downhill runner and get the hard 3-4 yards in those instances instead of seeking the home run run every time.

It seems likely that the zone running style will work well for him, though. He was good at getting to the line quickly and he frequently picked a good crease, made his move, and got to the secondary very quickly.

He was active in the receiving game and showed soft hands. He is a complete back in that he can stay on the field for all 3 downs - as a runner and a receiver out of the backfield. He has the ability to make people miss in the open field so he would be a good option to split out wide, too, if there's a matchup with a LB that Knapp and Co want to exploit.

He wasn't asked to block too frequently in the Carolina scheme - instead he frequently moved to make sure that there wasn't an open blitzer and then moved into an open zone as a dump-off option for the QBs.

When he was asked to block he did a good job of squaring up and taking on his man. He was much better on defensive ends vs defensive tackles but that's to be expected considering the size difference.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with his quickness and versatility. These days teams are less concerned about having "thunder and lighting" alternating layers and more concerned with putting great athletes on the field.

If Goodson can learn to carry the ball correctly, he is much more electric than Michael Bush. I expect Goodson and Taiwan Jones to have to step up this year with McFadden almost certainly getting at least some sort of injury and think that the two of them will do a good job of carrying the ball for the team.

For more Raiders news and analysis throughout the day, follow me on Twitter @AsherMathews

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Rams WR Stedman Bailey in hospital after being shot in head

Furious Brad Stevens blasts Celtics after lackluster game

Did Bryce Harper deserve the MVP?

Duke 5-star commit posts moving message after successful surgery

Ex-LSU commit still supports Les Miles

Report: Ray Lewis gave Bills pregame pep talk


Report: Marshawn Lynch out a few weeks to recover

Peyton Manning to miss at least two more weeks

Notre Dame DT: Committee 'spit in our faces' with ranking

LaRon Landry suspended indefinitely by NFL

Don’t blame Mike Pettine for benching Johnny Manziel. Blame Johnny.

Danny Ainge: Celtics’ Marcus Smart has shown ‘propensity to get injured’

Nick Young seems to take shot at Kobe Bryant

WATCH: College basketball player makes 3-pointer while wobbly from concussion

The five most overrated teams in the Week 13 coaches' poll

Clemson WR calls South Carolina fans 'rude'

Jonathan Lucroy trade market bolstered by weak catching market

Michigan State lists two starting QBs on depth chart

10 storylines for Week 13 of the college football season

LISTEN: Browns fan cries on radio while ripping Johnny Manziel

Texas A&M QB Kyle Allen says he was injured vs. Alabama

Report: Maple Leafs are no longer the NHL’s most valuable franchise

Ranking the 10 best games of 2015 college football rivalry week

Did a Chipotle employee convince Danny Ainge to trade for Isaiah Thomas?

Bud Black joins Angels organization as special assistant to GM

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The five most overrated teams in the Week 13 coaches' poll

10 storylines for Week 13 of the college football season

Ranking the 10 best games of 2015 college football rivalry week

Examining the Mavericks' hot start

Johnny Bench(ed): Manziel demoted to third string

Mike Trout, four years in

Tom Brady on ‘Rex Ryan!’ line call: It’s ‘in the playbook’

Five NFL teams trending downward

Not so fast, USC: Eagles Chip Kelly buys Philly-area home

The five best hockey fights from Week 7

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker