New York Jets, former Giants LB B.J. Goodson retires

A fourth-round pick of the Giants in 2016, Goodson partook in seven special teams snaps for the New York Jets on Sunday.

New York Jets linebacker B.J. Goodson announced his retirement on Wednesday afternoon, ending a career bookended by stops with each of the metropolitan area’s football squads. Goodson signed with the Jets last week and partook in seven snaps on special teams during the Jets’ 25-6 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Goodson entered the league as a fourth-round draft pick (109th overall) of the Giants in 2016, hailing from Clemson. The Giants hosted his first three NFL seasons before trading him to Green Bay in exchange for a draft pick shortly before the 2019 season opener.

He tallied 251 tackles and four interceptions over six NFL seasons, which also took him to Cleveland. The Jets brought him in as an injury replacement for fellow interior linebackers Jarrad Davis and Blake Cashman, each of whom is out for the foreseeable future.

Goodson spent last season with the Browns and posted career-best numbers during the Cleveland playoff trek. He led the team with 91 tackles and six pass breakups (both career-highs) and also earned two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

The former Tiger also started each of the Browns’ two postseason contests last winter and tied with M.J. Stewart for the team lead with 10 tackles in Wild Card triumph over Pittsburgh, their first playoff victory since the 1994-95 campaign. Goodson appeared in five postseason games, including the Giants’ most recent visit in the 2016-17 Wild Card round.

The Jets, sans Goodson, will return to action this Sunday afternoon, hitting the road to take on the Denver Broncos (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS).

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New York Jets to add former Giants LB (Report)

New York Giants linebacker, B.J. Goodson.

The New York Jets have begun to address their medically-induced defensive woes through the signing of former Giants starter B.J. Goodson.

B.J. Goodson is reportedly back in the New York groove, albeit in new colors.

The former New York Giants draft pick is coming back to the metropolitan area as one of four additions to the New York Jets’ active roster. Gang Green has picked up Goodson and punter Thomas Morestead from the free agency market while blocker Isaiah Williams and safety Jarrod Wilson were called up from the practice squad. These moves are in conjunction with the placement of Mekhi Becton, Blake Cashman, Lamarcus Joyner, and Braden Mann onto the injured reserve list.

Goodson originally donned blue in New York as a fourth-round pick out of Clemson in 2016. He spent three seasons with the Giants before spent the past two campaigns in Green Bay and Cleveland. The linebacker played a sizable role in the Browns’ playoff push last year, leading the team with 91 tackles and two interceptions. Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Goodson’s one-year deal is worth $2.1 million.

In addition to Cashman, the Jets are also missing offseason arrival Jarrad Davis, who is not expected to play prior to the Jets’ bye in Week 6. Head coach Robert Saleh also said that another linebacker, rookie Jamien Sherwood (sprained ankle), will miss the next two weeks.

Morestead, a 2012 Pro Bowler, joins the Jets after 12 seasons in New Orleans. He’ll relieve Mann for at least the next four weeks after the 2020 draft pick suffered a knee injury on his second Sunday kick in Carolina. Placekicker Matt Ammendola took over for the remainder of the game before Morestead’s arrivals.

Williams will provide depth on the offensive line George Fant relieves Becton on the blindside and Morgan Moses takes over Fant’s regular duties on the right. The Akron alum has yet to appear in a regular season NFL game but joined the Jets’ practice squad after appearing in their preseason finale against Philadelphia. He had spent time on either a practice squad or training camp in seven different NFL locales and earned professional starting experience with the Alliance of American Football’s Atlanta Legends and the XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers.

Wilson arrives as reinforcement to the Jets’ secondary after injuries to Joyner and Ashtyn Davis left Marcus Maye and newcomers Sheldrick Redwine and Adrian Colbert as the only healthy safeties on the roster. Formerly of Jacksonville, Wilson has seen action in 75 games since entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan in 2016. Sunday starter Lamarcus Joyner (torn triceps) is out for the season.

In addition to the moves on the active roster, the Jets restocked their practice squad with the additions of blocker Elijah Nkansah and linebacker Noah Dawkins. The latter returns to the Jets after appearing in five games with the team last season.

The Jets (0-1) return to action on Sunday afternoon in their home opener against the New England Patriots (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Giants Change Mind On Waiving B.J. Goodson, Trade Him Instead

New York Giants linebacker, B.J. Goodson.

In a strange turn of events, it looks like B.J. Goodson isn’t going to be waived by the Giants after all. The player was supposedly going to be waived following the end of the preseason, where other players managed to stand out more at the linebacker position and unseat the veteran who ha started for the past couple of years with the Giants, but a late offer from the Packers will allow the team to get something for Goodson instead of letting him go for nothing.

The terms of the deal haven’t been reported yet, but the trade definitely doesn’t include another player – it’s more likely a draft pick in the lower rounds.

Goodson, a product of the Clemson Tigers, was drafted in the fourth round in 2016 by the Giants and has played with the team until this trade, becoming a regular player on defense and a starter within the Giants’ group of linebackers. Linebacker play, though, hasn’t been one of the strongest points in recent seasons and Goodson found himself falling behind enough that before the Packers offered a trade, the team intended to move on from Goodson entirely by waiving him.

With the new roster space, the Giants have signed former Dave Gettleman draft pick David Mayo, who was taken in the fifth round by the Carolina Panthers in 2015 and played with the team up until 2019 when Mayo became a free agent and signed with the 49ers before being released during the team’s final cuts. Mayo played in all 16 games last season for the Panthers and started three of them, registering 14 total tackles during the regular season.

Time will tell whether or not Mayo is good enough to stay on the team and get in the rotation, but the signing can’t hurt – and the Giants will be happy to get something in return for Goodson, a player they were intending to let go for nothing.

New York Giants waive veteran linebacker BJ Goodson, two potential signings

New York Giants linebacker, B.J. Goodson.

The New York Giants waived veteran linebacker BJ Goodson on Monday morning, which could be a pre-disposed move indicating a potential signing in the near future.

With several quality linebackers on the free-agent market, Goodson became expendable. The former Clemson product simply didn’t fit in defensive coordinators James Bettcher’s system, as he is a bigger linebacker that lacks elite athleticism.

Bettcher prefers linebackers that can fly around the field and play close to the line of scrimmage and drop back in coverage.

In addition, Goodson has been injured over the course of his three-year career with the Giants. He played in 15 games, starting 13 of them in 2018. He racked up 61 combined tackles and three quarterback hits. In 2017, he started just seven games before leaving with injury. He is a quality linebacker against the run and plays well close to the line of scrimmage, but has difficulty dropping him back into coverage. He’s essentially a poor man’s Alec Ogletree.

Here are two linebackers the New York Giants could sign:

There are two specific linebackers on the market that could be of interest to the Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman. Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Brandon Marshall could be an option. He recently stated that he used training camp with the Raiders to get back to full health after suffering a serious knee injury last season.

Marshall could be a perfect fit with the Giants, as he is one of the best coverage linebackers in football, according to Raiders coach Jon Gruden. While he might be a bit more expensive, he certainly has the attributes to be a key contributor if signed to the defense.

The second option is former Denver Broncos linebacker, Shane Ray. The former first-round pick has struggled in the NFL up to this point. However, in 2016 he recorded eight sacks and 48 combined tackles. He is fast at the line of scrimmage and can wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks. Finding a way to extract his potential in value is the hard part given his lack of productivity in recent years. He would likely be cheaper than Marshall, but his production would not be as valuable.

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Could the New York Giants consider free agent, Brandon Marshall?

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The Giants’ defense is all but settled when it comes to the sure-fire starters; however, there aren’t many plug-and-play options that have enough talent to succeed at the top level. With roster cuts going down on Saturday, team’s have already begun trimming, leaving quality players to find new clubs.

One of the more recent cuts, linebacker Brandon Marshall, could fit perfectly with the Giants. Coming off a knee injury, Marshall must prove he’s capable of operating at a high level, as he once did with the Denver Broncos. Raiders coach Jon Gruden called Marshall “one of the best coverage linebackers in football.”

With the emergence of Marshall on the free-agent market, it could force the Giants to cut veteran BJ Goodson in favor of the cover linebacker.

Marshall used training camp to return to full health, as he was unable to feature during the preseason. That might have hurt his chances to start right away for the Raiders, but he could be an impactful force for a different team. The Giants are extremely thin at the linebacker position and need to inject more quality to supplement potential injury and deficiencies. On a team-friendly deal, Marshall could fit the bill perfectly.


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New York Giants veteran linebacker saves job with one massive play

New York Giants, B.J. Goodson

While the New York Giants finished off the preseason 4-0 with a victory against the New England Patriots on Thursday night, linebacker BJ Goodson certainly elevated his game.

The veteran linebacker was a fringe-roster player before the matchup but proved he can still be a productive player on the defense with five tackles and one sack in just the first quarter of the game.

Defensive coordinator James Bettcher prefers more athletic linebackers that have better instinctual attributes, as Goodson is a slower linebacker that can sometimes take longer to get to the ball-carrier than preferred. However, he made one stellar play against the Pats that might have saved him from being cut.

Some believed that Nate Stupar would earn the nod ahead of Goodson when it came to roster cuts, but it’s becoming clear that both can stick and serve a purpose next season. The experience the Clemson product brings to the defense and the familiarity with Bettcher’s scheme can’t be replaced, despite a faster, more flexible option being more ideal.

On the play above, Goodson shoots through the gap untouched for the sack. He put on the after-burners and reached the quarterback to force a second-and-long play that ultimately led to a punt.

Who else is fighting for playing time on the New York Giants?

The only other legitimate competition at the linebacker position is rookie, Ryan Connelly. The Wisconsin product has made waves this preseason with his quickness and ability to shoot gaps with precision. It will take time for him to adapt to the speed and physicality of the NFL, especially with a lack of size, but he can develop into a quality player that starts regular on the defense.

I anticipate Connelly acting as the reserve option behind Tae Davis (money-backer), due to his ability to operate in coverage but also play close to the line of scrimmage.

New York Giants: Five Players Who Will Be Hard To Release

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In 2018 the New York Giants turned over so much of their roster they didn’t have many difficult decisions to make. Fast-forward one year and there are some very tough decisions now that the roster is improving under new GM Dave Gettleman. Here are 5 players who would be very tough to say goodbye to:

BJ Goodson

The inside linebacker hasn’t been super impressive in his career, now going into his fourth season. While he’s left a lot to be desired he’s a step above the available inside linebackers on the market. BJ Goodson will most likely be picked up by another team quickly, but he hasn’t out-produced his in-house competition in Tae Davis and Ryan Connelly.

If the team doesn’t plan on keeping four inside linebackers, which is a tall task, they will be forced to release BJ Goodson. Keeping an extra inside linebacker would be a luxury for a team who has uncertainty at the position but the team most likely won’t have room for luxuries.

Scott Simonson

Scott Simonson has been a blocking specialist for the Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, and most recently, the New York Giants in 2018. Before last year he caught 1 pass in his first 3 years but caught 9 passes from Eli in 2018. He proved to be a functional pass catcher when given the opportunity, along with adequate blocking ability, but the team has plenty of depth at this position.

Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison are a lock to make the team, leaving one more spot for a tight end. Simonson faces tough competition in Garrett Dickerson and CJ Conrad who have both looked more impressive than Simonson throughout training camp. There’s a chance the coaching staff feels differently about his summer performance and keeps Simonson, but if they do move on from him, it will not be an easy decision.

Bennie Fowler

This may surprise some people since Bennie Fowler has been running with the first-team throughout the summer. While that’s true, guys like Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and Darius Slayton have all missed significant amounts of practices. Fowler suited up for the New York Giants for 10 games last year, but the team has a ton of depth at this position going into 2019.

Not to say the position has improved overall without you know who, but the depth of the position looks much stronger compared to last year. Fowler started his career as a Denver Bronco and was a backup receiver for the team. He never broke 400 receiving yards and his average yardage per reception never even reached 9 yards.

One of the major knocks on Fowler is the dropped passes which have been an issue here an there this summer. Fowler’s combination of size and speed is impressive but there are too many sure-handed receivers to pick from on the roster to trust Fowler going into a new season.

Brittan Golden

Brittan Golden was injured for most of the training camp but his recent performance should make the coaching staff take a 2nd look at him. After seeming destined to be axed this Saturday, he took the field against the Bengals and returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown. That’s a skill the team has been seeking for a long time. But for Golden to make the roster, the team would need to be willing to designate an entire roster spot to a return specialist.

Golden did catch a nice pass from Daniel Jones about 30 yards down the field, but the top three receiving spots have been decided already. He would also have guys like Darius Slayton, Russell Shepard, and Alonzo Russell to compete with for targets. Golden probably got healthy too late in the summer to make a name for himself. If Jabrill Peppers is gassed after playing defense more often than not and Golden Tate’s age starts to dull his explosiveness, the team might wonder what could’ve been with the potential return specialist.

TJ Jones

Another wide receiver who has flashed throughout the preseason will probably be sent packing on Saturday. TJ Jones was added to the team after camp already started, but he’s done well enough to possibly carve out a spot on the roster. The problem is, he’s not the only one.

One of the deepest positions on the roster is at wide receiver and there’s a handful who have guaranteed spots. Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Cody Latimer, and Darius Slayton will all be on the team. Only leaving 2 more spots for guys like Russell Shepard, Alonzo Russell, Bennie Fowler, Brittan Golden, and TJ Jones.

The team is very likely to keep Russell Shepard, giving the team 3 receivers who are primarily slot-receivers. This would make it hard to keep a fourth slot-receiver in TJ jones instead of an outside receiver. While he has the talent to stick on rosters around the league, the Giants have no shortage of slot-receiver talent.

This coming Saturday is oftentimes a coach’s most dreaded weekend of the year. Sometimes they have to send valuable players packing for one reason or another. The Giants have a few positions where they will need to shed adequate depth which isn’t easy to do. While it’s not always easy, it’ll be much harder to do than last year, indicating improvement of the team overall.

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Should the New York Giants kick the tires on Malcolm Smith?

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The Giants are extremely thin at the linebacker position, which is why kicking the tires on recently cut San Francisco 49er Malcolm Smith might not be a bad idea.

The seven-year veteran is preparing to hit the free agency market after a 2018 season plagued with injuries. The Giants could theoretically swoop in and grab him off the market after Saturday’s roster cut deadline.

Smith is a productive linebacker in the tackles category, breaking the 100 mark (combined) twice in the last three years. As a middle linebacker in 2015, he recorded four sacks, which shows he can be used in a diverse manner and close to the line of scrimmage.

Given that’s quite some time ago, it’s fair to say he has lost a step or two. Injuries have also surely taken their toll, but he can be a capable defender given the opportunity. The Giants currently house Alec Ogletree, rookie Ryan Connelly, and the potential cut-candidate, BJ Goodson. Tae Davis is also sprinkled in there as a “Money-Backer,” a term coined by defensive coordinator, James Bettcher.

Adding a quality linebacker with experience could be a boost to the unit’s productivity in 2019; however, it all comes down to his price-tag.


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New York Giants linebacker, B.J. Goodson.

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The reality of the Giants’ defense is simple — they’re unproven and young. The youthful part is a good thing, but it will take some time for them to adjust to the level of play in the NFL.

Surprisingly enough, it seems as if several rookies have already begun to elevate their game, ask Wisoncon product, Ryan Connelly. The former Badger has already stolen veteran BJ Goodson’s spot on the defense, considering he’s been working with the second and third-string defensive units.

Alec Ogletree and Tae Davis will slide into their normal starting roles, but Goodson will be left for the dogs if he doesn’t make an impact against the New England Patriots in the Giants’ final preseason game of the year on Thursday. He could be a prominent cut candidate once the Giants slim down their roster to the final 53-men on Saturday.

A large portion of the team will dissipate once cuts go down, but Goodson seems to be on his way out. Despite tallying 61 combined tackles and two interceptions last season, he’s not shown improvement, which the Giants desperately need at the linebacker position. Connelly has provided more optimism so far this offseason.


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New York Giants: 3 surprise roster cut candidates

New York Giants linebacker, B.J. Goodson.

The New York Giants are inching closer to their final preseason game of the year against the New England Patriots. While that’s a great thing for fans patiently waiting for the start of the regular season, fringe-roster players are still playing for their livelihoods.

Here are three surprise cuts for the New York Giants:

1.) CB Sam Beal

The Giants’ Supplemental Draft pick from 2018 has yet to play in a regular-season game let alone a preseason matchup this year. He missed all of his rookie season with a predisposed shoulder injury that required surgery. Now that his shoulder is healed, his hamstring has been acting up.

His lack of experience in a live-action setting could force the Giants to cut him and allocate the roster spot towards a player with actual, proven value. This would undoubtedly be a surprise but justifiable.

2.) LB B.J. Goodson

At this point in Goodson’s career, he seems to be losing value with every passing day. Injuries have hurt his development and consistency, and Ryan Connelly, the rookie out of Wisconsin, has taken full advantage of that.

Connelly has been working with the starting team in the absence of Alec Ogletree, and Goodson has been seeing time with the second and third-string defense. His influence last year isn’t noteworthy, and it seems as if his time as a Giant could be coming to an end. The only reason head coach Pat Shurmur would keep him around is because of the lack of depth at the linebacker position and his familiarity with DC James Bettcher’s scheme.

3.) RB Paul Perkins

With 546-yards rushing to his name, Perkins is a glorified scat-back. His minimal power and high injury risk make him a waste of a roster spot. This might not be a surprise cut, but his value is next to none on a Giants team with plenty of talent at the running back position.

Behind Saquon Barkley and Wayne Gallman, Perkins and Rod Smith have been battling it out for a third-string roster spot. Smith is the more wise choice that can help Gallman and Barkley refine the mental aspects of their game, which makes him a more valuable option.

Perkins once had a ton of potential, but his production would come from the passing game, and the Giants don’t need him with Barkley and Gallman more than capable of succeeding in that facet.