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The Raiders decided not to try and bring back running back Michael Bush. To address the position, the Raiders traded offensive tackle Bruce Campbell to Carolina for veteran running back Mike Goodson.
In trading for Goodson, the Raiders decided bringing in a big back was unimportant.
Sophomore running back Taiwan Jones had trouble staying healthy last season but was receiving a few carries prior to the injury. It was preseason 2011 where Jones really flashed his big-play speed, but his carries in 2012 were nothing special.
Jones' problem has been running east and west too often, but if he understands the one-cut-and-burst philosophy that embodies the zone-blocking scheme, he could be just as effective as Darren McFadden until he encounters a linebacker.
Goodson comes from a zone-blocking system in Carolina, the same scheme the Raiders are switching to in 2012. Goodson has three career starts all coming consecutively in 2010. In the three starts, Goodson has averaged 133.3 yards per game from scrimmage, but also one fumble per contest.
If Goodson is to become the primary backup for Darren McFadden, he will need to correct his issue with fumbling and continue to be productive. Goodson is also a good receiver out of the backfield.
Prediction: Goodson and Jones share carries as the backup, but Goodson receives the bulk of the carries if the backup becomes a starter.