Reviews | Former Iowa football running back Tyler Goodson could make the Packers’ 53-man roster

Goodson signed with Green Bay after he was unsuccessful in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Jerod Ringwald

Iowa running back Tyler Goodson silences the Iowa State Student Section after scoring a touchdown during a football game between Iowa’s No. 10 and No. 9 Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on Saturday, September 11, 2021. (Jerod Ringwald/The Iowan Daily)

Former Iowa running back Tyler Goodson is currently fighting an uphill battle as he tries to make the NFL roster.

The Suwanee, Georgia product announced he will be in the 2022 NFL Draft by Twitter ahead of the Hawkeyes’ Citrus Bowl berth after his junior season in Iowa City. After amassing more than 2,500 rushing yards in the Black and Gold and a stellar performance in the NFL Combine, most football pundits expected him to be selected in the final rounds of the draft.

However, Goodson was not drafted. He signed a deal with the Green Bay Packers hours after the draft closed on May 2.

Last season, Green Bay employed four running backs on the team’s active roster: Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon, Kylin Hill and Patrick Taylor. Goodson will need to beat at least one of those four players to earn a roster spot when the regular season rolls around.

Jones and Dillon are absolute roster locks. The former was a Pro Bowler in 2020 and rushed for nearly eight hundred yards last year, and the latter rushed for roughly the same amount. It looks like the team will continue their tandem approach in 2022, leaving little scope for the rest of the running backs committee.

Of the other two incumbents, Hill might be the most likely candidate to make the active slate. Green Bay invested a seventh-round pick in him in the 2021 NFL Draft, and he won 10 carries and returned kicks in the regular season before tearing his ACL in Week 8.

Patrick Taylor remains Goodson’s other main competition. Taylor rushed for 89 yards on 23 carries last season, including 11 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown against the Lions in the season finale.

However, some sports analysts and writers believe Goodson has a great opportunity to not only earn a spot over Hill and Taylor, but could win some meaningful races as well.

According Sports Illustrated, Goodson was named the Packers’ most likely undrafted free agent to earn an active roster spot this fall. His passing skills out of the backfield are mentioned as one of his most impressive traits.

As a Hawkeye, Goodson had 70 receptions for 565 yards and a touchdown. In an offense led by back-to-back NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, running back throws can be vital, so Goodson’s hands are extremely valuable in his pursuit of playing time.

Goodson will look to begin his battle with Hill and Taylor when the Packers begin training camp on July 28. After that, he’ll see action in preseason games, starting with a matchup against the San Francisco 49ers on Aug. 12.

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