Raiders running back Mike Goodson is looking forward to playing in Carolina for the first time since being traded by the Panthers in the offseason.
He just doesn’t know what type of reception to expect.
Goodson, who spent his first three NFL seasons with Carolina, still owns property there and routinely talks to some of his former teammates.
Make no mistake, however. While he remains on friendly terms with his former club, Goodson definitely wants to make a point to the Panthers.
“It’s a pretty big deal,” Goodson said Wednesday. “That’s my old team and where I used to be for so long. [They] know me and know of me. I want to beat them just as bad as I want to beat anybody else.”
Goodson has been the primary backup behind Darren McFadden and has picked up additional reps returning kickoffs. Goodson’s 6.7 yards-per-carry average — on only 30 carries — is nearly twice that of McFadden’s 3.4. He also has a higher receiving average than any other running back or tight end on Oakland’s roster, and has the team’s longest kickoff return this season.
Note: Kicker Sebastian Janikowski was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after making five field goals, including a 57-yarder, against Kansas City.