Most Green Bay Packers fans don’t know him as he has yet to play a single regular season game but running back Tyler Goodson is officially on Aaron Jones’ radar for a reason.
The Packers’ starting running back mentioned the second-year player by name earlier this week.
“We definitely have some playmakers in this locker room,” Jones told reporters following Day 1 of mandatory minicamp. “So it isn’t just gonna have to take me, I think we have some weapons and some guys stepping up and making plays as well.”
The Packers running back core is headlined by Jones and A.J. Dillon. But that third spot is up for grabs and should make for a very fun battle come training camp.
In our way-too-early roster projection following the 2023 NFL Draft, my A to Z Sports colleague Evan Winter listed Patrick Taylor as RB3. Before the start of OTAs, Sports Illustrated had Lew Nichols in that slot. But the Packers star mentioned just one name. And it was a different one.
“I think Tyler Goodson will be a weapon for us as well,” Aaron Jones added. “He’s been on here balling and he’s been working hard and there are some other guys in this locker room as well.”
That’s big props for the 2022 UDFA that failed to make the 53-man roster last year. The former Iowa Hawkeye had his moments in the preseason last year, including an amazing touchdown run against the Kansas City Chiefs where he displayed his explosiveness, change of direction, and balance.
Rookie RB Tyler Goodson (Iowa)
TD run last night vs. KC…
— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) August 26, 2022
“I feel real good,” Goodson told Larry McCarren via the Packers’ YouTube channel. “I feel like the work I put in during the offseason before I came here definitely showed.”
Although the second-year player is off to a very strong start, a physical position like running back will be defined in training camp when the pads come on. Goodson also understands it’s not only about what he can do on offense.
He’ll have to impress special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia just the same.
“I know there are two spots at running back that are solidified,” said Goodson. “Come preseason, it’s going to come down to special teams.”
When the Packers report to training camp on July 25th, the 22-year-old running back will be one of the most exciting players to monitor. He seems to have Aaron Jones’ support.