Archive for March, 2013

Jets Sign RB Mike Goodson

Friday, March 15th, 2013

After losing Shonn Greene to the Tennessee Titans, the Jets have signed former Raiders running back Mike Goodson to a three-year deal, $6.9 million deal. Last season, Goodson rushed for 221 yards on 35 carries and caught 16 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown.

The Jets running back group consists of Bilal Powell, Joe McKnight and Mike Goodson.

The fourth-round pick from Texas A&M will be in the mix for the starting job, competing with Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight, but no one in that group is the kind of back who is a full game workhorse. Look for the carries to be split somewhat evenly unless something else develops with the running back position through the draft.

The Jets also announced the re-signing of full back Lex Hilliard.

Jets Sign David Garrard

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Today, the Jets announced the signing of nine-year veteran quarterback David Garrard. The 35-year-old quarterback missed the 2011 season with a back injury and couldn’t make it out of training campĀ  for the Miami Dolphins last season after a knee injury. This is the Jets second attempt to elevate the play of Mark Sanchez through competition, after that same strategy resulted in a fail of epic proportions last season.

Here are a few things to consider about the signing of Garrard:

GM John Idzik decided QB David Garrard will be apart of the 2013 QB battle for the New York Jets

-Don’t expect Sanchez to be dethroned out of camp: New offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has been quoted as saying Sanchez has the early “leg up” in the quarterback competition heading into training camp. As poorly as Sanchez played last season, Garrard is coming off a two-year absence from NFL game action and has the slimmest of odds (in my opinion, zero percent) of showing enough to be named the opening game starter.

-Expect one more quarterback to be on the roster for training camp: Assuming indications that Tim Tebow will be released, the Jets have Sanchez, Garrard, Greg McElroy and Matt Sims. But one more quarterback, whether a late round draft choice or from the free agent pool, will be on the roster for camp.

-This being news is unfortunate: I understand that I am criticizing what this post is all about, but I’m going to go Captain Obvious on the audience and announce that it is unfortunate that this is news for the New York Jets. There aren’t many articles written about backup quarterbacks being signed, but no one can deny that it’s tough for anyone to realistically be excited about this signing. Garrard is not the answer.