B.J. Goodson on playing Giants: ‘Cool head, not heart’

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Dan Benton
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A Sunday night tilt between the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns will be considered a revenge game for many — Freddie Kitchens, Olivier Vernon, Jabrill Peppers and Kevin Zeitler come to mind.

While those four names are the most-discussed, there are several other cross-connections between these two teams, including linebacker B.J. Goodson, who played for the Giants from 2016 until 2019 when he was traded to the Green Bay Packers.

It won’t be the first time that Goodson has played the Giants or returned to MetLife Stadium. He recorded two tackles in a December win over New York last season as a member of the Packers, but that doesn’t the emotions are lacking.

Goodson still feels a certain way about the team that drafted in the fourth round and later discarded him, but promises to maintain a cool head come Sunday night.

“Cold head, hot heart. That is not really my motive. My motive is to just make sure my guys’ mind is right going into this event and just giving us the best chance to come out with the victory,” Goodson told reporters this week.

“At this time of the season, everyone is fighting. Every game or every next game is the biggest game, only because it is the next game. That is kind of how we look at it. We are just trying to go 1-0 this week.”

The veteran linebacker also knows he must mind his Ps and Qs against this Giants team because under first-year head coach Joe Judge, they’re a scrappy bunch.

“They fight. They fight. They are fighting to make the playoffs. They are a fighting bunch,” Goodson said. “Obviously from being there, I understand that and know a lot of that offensive personnel as far as who they are, but they are fighting for something, too.”

The Giants’ fight may be lacking a bit in Week 15 without cornerback James Bradberry (COVID-19 list) and the likely absence of quarterback Daniel Jones (hamstring/ankle), which Goodson acknowledges takes an element away from New York’s offense.

“As far as their offense, they are able to do just a pinch more with Daniel, but they are who they are as far as what they do. That is what we are looking forward to,” Goodson said. “If he is hurt or whatever the case may be, they obviously are not going to take the risk at running him like that if he does play or f they do, it will be more so situational. We will take into consideration.”

Ultimately, Goodson would love nothing more than the damage his former team’s playoff chances while also boosting his current team’s playoff chances with a win on Sunday night. And he’ll attempt to do that with a cool head and a hot heart.

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