CORTLAND -- In many ways, Mike Goodson’s training-camp absence is the elephant in the room – the taboo topic players, and coaches alike, prefer to avoid. To be fair, there’s not much they can say about a running back whose speed and athleticism have yet to be consistently unleashed on the practice field.
But the Jets, a team with question marks at every offensive skill position, need playmakers. And Goodson could, and should, have been one of them.
As of right now, however, there’s no telling if he plans to show up for training camp next week or never.
“I don’t really want to get into the specifics of what I know and all that kind of stuff,” Rex Ryan said after the team’s first practice Friday.
Goodson, who was signed to a three-year deal this offseason, is facing five drugs and weapons charges stemming from a May 17 arrest on Route 80 in Denville, N.J. Though he attended a few minicamp practices, he has yet to address the media since his arrest.
And Ryan isn’t doing much talking either.
Asked if he expects the running back to show up for training camp, the head coach divulged nothing.
“Again guys -- you know what? I know where he is, and all that stuff, and I guess that’s all I’m going to leave it at.”
The Jets coach also wouldn’t go into certain specifics about another running back: Joe McKnight.
McKnight was placed on the Active PUP list when the players arrived upstate Thursday, but by Friday morning he had passed his physical and was practicing.
“Joe McKnight is off of PUP, so he’s cleared to practice and he did today,” Ryan said, when asked why McKnight was placed on PUP to begin with.