WVUPros Summer Preview: Najee Goode

WVUPros Summer Preview: Najee Goode

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WVUPros Summer Preview: Najee Goode

   Najee Goode found himself a new home after he was let go from the team that drafted him before the start of the 2013 season. Now, with a year under his belt, he’ll look to make even more impact next season.

2013 Season Recap: After being cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to the season, Goode signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Mainly serving as a special teams player at first, Goode worked his way into a backup role. He started two games and appeared in 14 contests, racking up 21 tackles and a fumble return for a score.
Contract: Goode signed a 4-year, $2.307 million contract at the start of last season, meaning he has three years left on his current contract.
Summer OTA Outlook: Head coach Chip Kelly doesn’t like to do live tackling drills during most of his workouts. Instead, he has his coaches teach the players technique day in and day out. After the players have already spent a season under the new system, they’re more comfortable and have more time to focus on technique and not committing errors.
For Goode, he’s another year older and wiser, too, with linebacker coach Rick Minter. Minter, seeing the talent that Goode possessed, had faith enough to start him at LB when Mychal Kendricks went down with an injury. Now, Goode and Minter have built a relationship and Goode will focus on earning more of that trust.

2014 Season Outlook: Goode will look to get on the field more in certain situations with the Eagles. He likely won’t be an every down player, but he’s proved that he can handle the position. Look for the West Virginia linebacker to continue to impress his coaches.

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  • Tom says:

    My wife and I met Najee in the Tampa Airport in 2012. He was there for the Shrine game, and was waiting for Tandy in the airport. We had quite a long conversation with him and he even talked to our sons back in Maryland on my wife’s cell phone. He is a very engaging, charming, humble, pleasant young man. It makes me proud that he is a product of WVU. I wish him nothing but success.