ALAMEDA -- Mike Goodson is a complementary running back with a style all his own.

In contrast to Michael Bush, a 240-pound bruiser, Goodson is a darter and a slasher, capable of getting yardage in big chunks.

In the Raiders' 23-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Goodson did a lot with a little. He raced 37 yards with a screen pass to help set up a 22-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski in the second quarter, and gained 43 yards on a fourth-quarter carry to get the Raiders out of a second-and-9 hole at their own 11-yard line.

"I kind of take it as a glass-is-half-full thing," Goodson said. "I get to play with Darren McFadden. I know what he's going to do when he gets the ball, so I feel like I've got just as much pressure on me. So when I touch the ball, I've got to make something happen every time."

Goodson has only 11 carries through five games but has 89 yards rushing. As a receiver, Goodson has seven receptions for 115 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown catch against Miami.

He has gradually regained the trust of the coaching staff after a preseason game in Atlanta where he fumbled twice -- an issue he had in Carolina. The fumbles came not long after a crushing practice hit by Philip Wheeler sent him to the hospital in an ambulance.

"I talked to coach, and he had confidence in me," Goodson said. "When you play football you try not to think about it, you just kind of go. But yeah, to have those two fumbles come out, with a new team, it was devastating. So to get in there and make plays, it felt good."


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Allen said depending on game circumstance, Goodson's carries could go up. McFadden has a shoulder issue, according to the injury report, and briefly left the Atlanta game, although he returned.

"(Goodson) can keep McFadden a little bit more fresh," Allen said. "All that being said, Darren's our lead back and we're extremely happy to have him."

Quarterback Carson Palmer appreciates Goodson's mentality.

"He's just a team guy. He knows this is Darren McFadden's running game and he knows he's the lead dog," Palmer said. "He understands his role and looks for any way he can help the team. He'll play on special teams, come in on third down, it doesn't matter. He just wants to be on the field. Just loves playing football."

  • Running back Taiwan Jones (knee) was not participating in practice Thursday after being limited the day before. Those who weren't present included right tackle Khalif Barnes (groin), cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) and tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring).

    Spencer said in a Tweet he was —off crutches and feeling better every day."