Coming into the 2010 NFL season, the Washington Redskins knew they had to address two important issues, the offensive line and the wide receiver core. The offensive line was the Redskins’ main priority and for the most part, they have address that issue by bring in veterans like guard/tackle Artis Hicks and offensive tackle Jammal Brown to help anchor the offense. No one from the wide receiver core (12 receivers in camp) had established themselves in the Redskins’ mini-camp and OTAs (Organized Team Activities) this off-season. The wide receiver issue will be a situation that the fans want solved and a topic that the media want to talk about. The many questions and concerns about the receiver core of the Redskins may be a pressing issue for many, but for one man, this may be a blessing in disguise. Ex-Terp and Baltimore native tight end Jason Goode views the Redskins’ question mark about the receiver core as the opportunity he needs to fulfill his dream and be an example for his community.
“I felt like a little kid again,” said Goode with overwhelming joy when asked how he felt when the Redskins called upon his services again for this year’s training camp. “I never lacked confidence, but when the Skins called to tell me their plans for this season’s training camp, my confidence sky rocketed. Nothing is definite, but I just want to go out there, stay focus on what I have to do, not only to make the team, but to help the team…I strive on making the big play and hopefully I can be in a situation to prove my worth.”
Goode is an extremely talented player, but after four year s at College Park, he wasn’t drafted in the NFL 2008 Draft. However as an undrafted free agent, Goode did prove his worth to play on the next level. On August 16, 2008, the Redskins played against the New York Jets in a preseason game. Goode became the hero of the game for the Redskins and help gave them a 3-0 record as he scored the game-winning touchdown on a 33-yard pass to give the Redskins the 13-10 victory. Goode was later released and the Redskins re-signed linebacker Danny Verdun-Wheeler.
Unfortunately, the game-winning heroic by Goode wasn’t good enough to get him on the 53-man roster of the Redskins, so he went on to sign with the Maryland Maniacs in the IFL (Indoor Football League) and had an outstanding season. A season that was so impressive that the Carolina Panthers noticed and Goode signed with them in 2009. “That’s what you play for, to reach the next level either to Arena or NFL, we wish him well,” said Maniacs’ head coach Matt Steeple, according to Our Sports Central. Earlier this year, Goode workout for Cleveland Browns before he returned to Baltimore to prepare for this upcoming season.
Goode was selected to be All-Metro by the Baltimore Sun and chose Maryland over other national powerhouse programs like UCLA, Colorado, Boston College, and Penn State. Goode stands at 6-3, 230 lbs. with a 37-vertical jump. In 2006, Goode had the fastest 40-yard dash among tight ends in college. Goode could be a receiver, but naturally, he’s a tight end. But there’s one problem, the Redskins has two solid tight ends in Chris Cooley and soon-to-be-star Fred Davis. Having a third tight end on the depth chart may be in the Redskins’ plan, but for now, Goode’s job is to show that he can contribute. “Fred and Chris are good players, greatly coached and has a good history,” said Goode. “I just hope that I can come in, show them that I’m willing to learn and put those things into action on the field as a contributor.”
After being with the Panthers and playing for the Redskins for a brief period, Goode feels no pressure, but it does make him more determine to make it. “There’s no pressure because I know what I have to do and I know I can do it,” said Goode. “A lot of players get a look and at the same time, many don’t. I’m privilege to have another opportunity with the Redskins if I’m invited to camp again and I’m going to make the best out of it.”
Redskins’ wide receiver coach Keenan McCardell was a player that Goode looked up to as a child and to have met him and may have the opportunity to be coached by him is big. “Just to have the opportunity to meet him (McCardell) would have been enough for me,” said Goode. “Now I may have the opportunity to be taught from someone who made it in this league is great.”
Earlier in July, Goode used his talents to volunteer at a week-long football camp in Baltimore. Former Atlanta Falcons’ safety Keion Carpenter hosted his second annual C4C (Commitment 4 Change) at his high school alumna, Woodlawn High School, the same school Goode graduated from.
Goode has become one of the most influential people from Baltimore and when he puts on his helmet and pads to play football in front of scouts and coaches, he’s playing for the youths of Baltimore as well. “It’s tough out there on the streets of Baltimore and if I can be an example to the hopeless and inspire the kids from Baltimore and everywhere else, I will,” said Goode. “I’m not there yet (having a career in the NFL)and there’s nothing definite for me with the Redskins, but with hard work and staying focus, I can make this team and it would be a great day for me, my family and friends.”
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