Running back Tyler Goodson signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent this spring.
Goodson is talented enough to make the Packers’ 53-man roster, but he will face plenty of competition for the No. 3 spot.
Let’s take a look at one of the Packers’ newest players.
At Iowa, Goodson had 256 attempts for 1,151 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 4.5 yards per attempt. He caught 31 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown.
Will he make the roster?
Last season, the Packers only kept three running backs on the initial roster. Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon are roster locks. If Green Bay keeps three again, only one spot would be available.
Goodson will face competition from Kylin Hill, when he’s healthy, and Patrick Taylor.
But if Goodson can impress over the summer in training camp and the preseason, he will have every chance of making the roster. Especially if he can show ability on special teams.
What to expect in 2022
Goodson certainly has talent. According to Pro Football Focus, Goodson has 2,560 rushing yards since 2019, which ranks first among all Big 10 running backs.
However, the Packers have strong depth at running back. Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon will dominate the carries on offense, not leaving many snaps for the backups.
There will also be plenty of competition for the No. 3 spot.
Kylin Hill is recovering from a torn ACL, so it remains to be seen when he will be cleared to return, but he was a standout during the preseason last summer and won the No. 3 spot.
When Hill got injured, Patrick Taylor stepped up and played well when the Packers needed him.
Being able to play special teams will also be important for these three running backs. If Goodson can perform well on fourth down, he will have a great shot at winning the No. 3 job.