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July 31, 2009

Coming Sunday: Mike Goodson

Sunday's Observer will include a profile of Panthers rookie running back/kickoff returner Mike Goodson. To get you in the mood, here's a highlight video from his college career at Texas A&M:

Posted by Observer Sports on July 31, 2009 at 06:31 PM | Permalink


that put a pre camp smile on my face

Posted by: Phil | Jul 31, 2009 7:02:10 PM

Williams, Stewart, Smith, and Goodson will present nightmares for def. cooordinators. What a combination of speed, and power in both the running and passing games. I can't wait for the Philly game!

Posted by: Richey Rich | Jul 31, 2009 7:04:03 PM

If he turns out to be half as good as he looks in his highlights, we may end up with 3 starting caliber running backs by next year. With Williams and Stewart set at running back, maybe we could use him as trade bait in next year's draft.

Posted by: Tom | Jul 31, 2009 8:30:39 PM


Posted by: Danny | Jul 31, 2009 8:48:32 PM

he better learn to lower those pads or he'll just be a kick/punt returner...he's got speed, looks like he needs to add a little weight as well.

Posted by: smartestbloggerever | Jul 31, 2009 9:13:23 PM

Goodson will be the steal of the draft. Think Reggie Bush without the ego and without paying him all that money. His stinkin highlights look just like bush's at USC. Oh, and he was doing that stuff on BIG 12 defenses, not those girls in the PAC 10. I hope fox puts him on the field in the slot and really takes advantage of that speed. The guy is sick. Just watch.

Posted by: cppro | Jul 31, 2009 10:02:04 PM

i thought the same thing SBE...he runs a little upright and that could lead to knee problems down the line...hopefully he can keep ryne from returning any kicks this year cuz he wasn't even good at it when he was healthy

Posted by: rjk | Jul 31, 2009 10:27:59 PM

Wow, the guy hasn't touched a football, and people want to trade him..Since Stewart can't seem to stay healthy. Why don't we keep Goodson for insurance...or look into trading Stewart, if Goodson pans out ..

Posted by: CatsNbr1fan | Jul 31, 2009 10:35:47 PM

Are you kidding? Keep stew keep Dewill and put Goodson out there as the returner and No 3 WR. It would be like Steve on both sides of the field Moose as the crossing. Stew and Will will have a field day when Steve and Goodson tear the def in half to cover them. Did you see that one handed snatch? The guy has got hands. Gentleman, we will have a Running game for a long time.

Posted by: MBPantfan | Aug 1, 2009 12:06:15 AM

I've been watching this video since the draft and am enamored with Goodson...Easily will be an asset in year 1 for us...

Not to mention Jamal Lee has some very high upside too.

The guy I am really counting on to share return duties is Larry Beavers. For those who still don't know, he is a return man extraordinaire check it out:


Posted by: CW | Aug 1, 2009 12:40:43 AM


They should definitely try to turn this guy into a Wes Welker type receiver coming out of the slot. We can't seem to throw it to a Tight End so they have to get a third receiver involved somehow. From the slot position he could also be an option it the running game on misdirection plays and reverses, and he could be a killer new option for Jake's favorite throw. That WR screen that they love so much. Let's get started already.

Posted by: Beau | Aug 1, 2009 6:12:47 AM

Why did this guy last till 4th round? I didn't hear much about him in college. He reminds me a little of McFadden in his running style.

Posted by: hbomb | Aug 1, 2009 10:38:31 AM

Panthers have a real BAD habbit of not knowing how to utilize what a player CAN do; especially in the passing game. Panthers seem to be more concerned with what the can't do.

Posted by: rkevinali | Aug 1, 2009 10:53:34 AM

He's got some dang jets, that's for sure! I've seen Beavers on tape, too. Now THAT guy could be a serious add.

I haven't seen anyone dominate a level of college football like he did since Randy Moss at Marshall when they played in I-AA.

Posted by: Scott | Aug 1, 2009 11:27:54 AM

Sees the field well, exceptional burst of speed, great cut back ability and good hands...let's hope it translated to the NFL. I can see him on punt/kickoff returns till he gets enough PT to earn playing RF behinf De W & J Stew.

Posted by: Jon in DC | Aug 1, 2009 2:22:37 PM

Goodson has some really good explosive speed but he was getting a lot of really good blocks on these clips. His linemen were sealing and getting there hips turned. Don't get me wrong if it weren't for his speed he wouldn't have blown through the holes they opened.

Posted by: Otis | Aug 1, 2009 4:48:36 PM

2:34 who is that guy from the bottom left who chased down goodson. Talk about speed! He was only ahead less than 5 yards on the line stripes but at least 10 yards away sideline to sideline from goodson. He made up those 10 yards and still angled ahead of goodson. wow!

Posted by: ray | Aug 1, 2009 10:31:06 PM

I think the big knock on Goodson, and the reason he slipped to the 4th, was that he had attitude problems and never got along with the coaching staff at A&M - Mike Sherman. Plus, Javorskie Lane became their main RB, as most of these highlights were from Goodson's freshman year, when all the potential Heisman talk started. Still, I too am enamored with his potential. Put him in the Wildcat, the slot, on kickoff return. Whatever. Good teams find ways to get the ball to playmakers. We'll see if he is one...

Posted by: Stewart | Aug 1, 2009 11:33:58 PM

This kid was a steal in this years draft. As some have said, he has Reggie Bush talent, but did all of it against Big 12 teams and not those Pac 10 guys.

I think where we'll really be able to use him is in either a spread offense or as a kick returner. He has the open field speed to just flat out lose guys once they get behind him. And to top it off, he's a load to bring down. So I think Fox and company did themselves right by drafting this kid when they did.

Posted by: Huskers86 | Aug 2, 2009 12:26:42 AM

My, what an exciting player. Great combination of speed and power, should be a great addition to our stable of running backs and on special teams. I especially like his potential as a 3rd-down back/slot receiver, could turn some dump-offs into big plays.

Posted by: Jim | Aug 2, 2009 1:42:15 AM

Too bad Fox won't play the guy because he's a rookie. That is what bothers so many fans, real or bandwagon, is that Fox will only play those he favors without seeming to consider their upside or anything they could possibly contribute to the team. Yeah, I know rookie's may be prone to mistakes but aside from this being a game it's also entertainment. Keep the fans excited and keep the seats full and you'll keep your job. If not new coach 2010!!! Let's go Cowherforpantherscoach.com!!!

Posted by: Lenny | Aug 2, 2009 9:39:17 AM

Panthers defence will be the key to a good season or a great season. Get mean on defense!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: reynner | Aug 2, 2009 12:00:11 PM

Lenny - please explain to me how fox doesn't play rookies. Lets name a few who started as rookies: Otah, Godfrey, Beason, Gross, Gamble, Peppers... all started as rookies under Fox. Since Fox has been here we have only had 3 1st round rookies who didnt start, D Will J Stew and T Davis, all of which got PT as a rookie. Just because Jarrett doesn't get the looks some fans want doesn't mean Fox "doesn't play rookies".

Posted by: Chase | Aug 2, 2009 1:54:01 PM

this guy is a monster. Who knows, maybe the next devin hester

Posted by: Redson | Aug 2, 2009 2:13:46 PM

if this guy is so good why the fourth round really. so i need to know can anyone tell me cause i can't guess it.

Posted by: shedrick | Aug 2, 2009 10:35:00 PM

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