Raiders RB Goodson eager to face former team

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Associated Press

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 20 at 11:30 AM

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson is looking forward to playing in Carolina for the first time since being traded by the Panthers in the offseason.

He just doesn't know what type of reception to expect.

Goodson spent his first three NFL seasons with Carolina, still owns property there and routinely talks to some of his former teammates. Even Panthers coach Ron Rivera considers himself a fan of Goodson's and speaks glowingly about the 2009 fourth-round draft pick.

Make no mistake, however. While he remains on friendly terms with his former club, Goodson definitely wants to make a point to the Panthers.

Goodson's role has remained pretty much the same in Oakland as it was in Carolina. He has been the primary backup behind Darren McFadden and has picked up additional reps returning kickoffs.

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