Idzik defends Jets' problematic personnel moves

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FLORHAM PARK, N. J. -- At the end of the New York Jets minicamp, general manager John Idzik defended the amount of background work the team did on his first two big free agent signings -- quarterback David Garrard and running back Mike Goodson.
Garrard decided to retire due to continued problems with his bad knee. Goodson has so much trouble with his off-field life that he missed the final two days of this week's minicamp because he had court appearances.
Goodson pleaded not guilty to a weapons charge. There was some evidence that the weapon in question belonged to somebody else. A grand jury will determine whether the case goes to trial. reported that Goodson has had six children with three different women, all of whom have filed paternity suits against him.
So, the new general manager's first two personnel moves are suspect, at best.
"I know there's perception from the outside," Idzik said Thursday. "We know what goes on from the inside and we're good with it.
"We do our homework. We do our homework with respect to medical concerns. We do our homework in respect to background checks and all that. We're in a human business, so when you're dealing with that, there's unpredictability.
"We like to believe, based on the information we gather, we take calculated chances with players, with people and with employees. At the end of the day, we're going to get the type of people that we feel can help us."
If he stays out of trouble off the field, Goodson can certainly help the Jets on it. Goodson has averaged 4.5 yards a carry in four NFL seasons and impressed coaches and observers alike with his burst during OTAs and minicamp.
"The thing that most jumps out at you is his speed and acceleration," coach Rex Ryan said this week. "It's unusual at that position. I'm not comparing him to Reggie Bush, but that kind of explosive speed -- you think you're in position but he outruns you."
---Wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who suffered a Lisfranc injury last Sept. 30, said this week he wasn't sure if he would recover in time for the Jets' regular season opener.
Holmes appears a long way from taking the field even in a practice capacity. He said he spent much of the offseason learning to walk again.
"Just to get the feeling of your body to move in an everyday motion you've been accustomed to for so many years," Holmes said. "So just learning how to walk again has been the biggest issue for me."
Holmes renegotiated his contract in March, when he accepted a pay cut from $11 million to $7.5 million. With another $8.25 million due to him in 2014 -- and his production in a freefall even before he got hurt last year -- he's likely staring at another renegotiation next spring, if not an outright release.
"That's what we do in our profession," Holmes said. "In order to sustain a long-term career in one place, you have to be willing to sacrifice for the team."

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