Recently acquired running back Mike Goodson broke from his busy schedule to speak with the media about being traded from the Carolina Panthers to the Raiders, where he is expected to compete for playing time behind starter Darren McFadden and play a key role on special teams.
Here is the entire transcript from the conference call with Goodson, with huge props to the Raiders media relations department for tracking down Goodson on short notice:
Q: Looking forward to a fresh start?
Goodson: Being behind DeAngelo and Stewart for a couple of years has been difficult just wanting to play and being a competitor. I wasn’t looking to leave, but anywhere that gave an opportunity I’m definitely up for that.
Q: Had 452 yards and 3 TDs before your injury; see yousself building on that performance?
Goodson: I thought going in, with the way I performed I’d definitely get an opportunity to play. Some things happened I didn’t get the opportunity I thought I should have. Then I got injured, and it really didn’t go the way I wanted last year.
Q: Explain how this transpired and what you’ve been told about your role?
Goodson: Earlier today I got a call after working out from the Panthers’ GM and then right after that the Raiders’ GM gave me a call, told me he was excited about getting me and what was going on with the trade. I talked to coach Skipper. I talked to a couple of the relations guys, but they just, everybody seems excited to get me and I’m excited to be here.
Q: Such a family at Texas A&M, ever met coach Allen when you were there?
Goodson: I haven’t met him yet. I haven’t had the opportunity but he seems like a great guy. I talked to him on the phone for a moment there, he seems like a great guy, I can’t wait to get a chance to meet him.
Q: When you spoke to Allen did he say anything that he’d followed you at A&M?
Goodson: He said that he saw me briefly at A&M, he went over my stuff but we really didn’t have along chance to talk.
Q: Fumbles an issue with the NFL, was it an issue in college, something you’re working hard on?
Goodson: It just kind of came on in bunches like you said, I’ve been working hard on it in the offseason, trying to get bigger, and work on my size, but I just think it’s a mind-thing, something you’ve got to continue to work on.
Q: How does your style complement Darren McFadden’s?
A: “I watch Darren McFadden a lot. He’s one of the backs that I say that I like in the league. D-Fad runs the ball real hard. He’s a real hard-nosed runner and he’s fast. I can come in and get the ball out of the backfield a lot and complement his speed. I’m a big speed guy. I like to see speed on the field and I know that he’s fast.”
Q: Is your style suitable to the zone-blocking scheme, with your one-cut style?
A: “Yeah, it does. I’ve always been a fan of that offense, the one cut, get you up field. You don’t have to make a lot of moves in the backfield, you kind of just get going, you use your speed.”
Q: Are you most comfortable running between the tackles or on the perimeter?
A: “I don’t really mind either way. Speed kills everything. If you’re fast going up the middle, around the corner, either way it goes, you got to get around people.”
Q: What other special teams duties did you have in Carolina besides returning kicks?
A: “I played all special teams, from kickoff to kickoff return, not just returning but blocking. Punt return, I played gunner, I played in the vice. I love special teams, and you can’t win without them.”
Q: Are you healed from your hamstring injury?
A: “Yeah, I’m working real hard, ever since the injury, rehabbing and getting it back to 100 percent. So, I’m finally there, yeah, definitely.”
Q: When did you get hurt last season?
A: “Week 8.”
Q: Stuck behind Williams and Stewart before the injury?
A: “Yeah, besides my special teams stuff.”
Q: When will you be in Oakland?
A: “I’ll be there Monday.”