Link: Goodson still needs time to get into football shape

Mike Goodson is back with the team this week, and his return couldn’t come at a better time with Chris Ivory’s inability to stay on the field on Sundays for the Jets.  Even so, Rex Ryan knows expecting too much of Goodson too early on could make things worse, according to Rich Cimini in ESPN NY.

Coach Rex Ryan was non-committal on whether Goodson would play, noting that he’s not in football shape. Chances are, Goodson will have a small role, perhaps spot duty at running back and kickoff returner — an area that could use a spark. With Chris Ivory still recovering from a hamstring injury, the Jets could use another pair of legs to help Bilal Powell in the backfield.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The Jets have been without significant help at the running back spot for four games already and, when actually called on, Bilal Powell has done a solid job.  Goodson could provide some help for this backfield, but the Jets do need to be cautious.  Pushing Goodson to do too much too soon could cause a setback and that would put the Jets right back to the spot where they really only have one viable alternative.

Still, even with the rule changes around kicks, it seems to me like one of the worst places to put a player who is trying to get into football shape would be at kick return work.  In any given game there aren’t all that many kickoff so it self-limits in that way, but opponents running at full speed with a good forty yards of steam behind them seems like a rather abrupt place to get back into football shape.