Mike Goodson practiced with his new teammates for the first time since his arrest earlier this month, a source told Newsday Tuesday morning.
The Jets signed the former Oakland running back this offseason in an attempt to shore up their ground game, but Goodson’s Jets tenure has been stalled by drugs and weapons charges.
The 25-year-old was arrested May 17 for possession of marijuana (under 50 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a loaded handgun and possession of hollow-point ammunition. He posted $50,000 bail later that day and pled not guilty to all five charges last week in court.
Goodson was at the team’s facility last week, but he did not participate in organized team activities. Instead, he met with new general manager John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan.
But after missing the first three voluntary OTA workouts last week, Goodson was back in action Tuesday morning. Media, however, were not present. (The only OTA open to reporters this week will be on Thursday.)
Before the Jets even signed Chris Ivory during the April draft, running backs coach Anthony Lynn expressed optimism about Goodson and the rest of his RBs. In late March, Lynn said their running back corps is “more explosive right now” and added that he had “more playmakers than I’ve had in the last couple of years.”
“He’s always been a dynamic back and explosive back,” Lynn said of Goodson, who was signed to a three-year, $6.9-million free-agent deal. “…I just think with the offense we’re in now and that skill-set, it’s going to be a good combination. He’s a young guy that’s been in the league. No, he doesn’t have the stats.
"Someone asked me yesterday: ‘Who’s Mike Goodson?’ People don’t even know who he is. But the man can play. …And the fact that he doesn’t have a lot of tread on the tires means we can put more on him because he’s healthy and he’s ready to go.”
Goodson is scheduled to appear in court on June 12. The Jets will hold mandatory minicamp from June 11-13.