BFC re-signs Goodwin, waives rush end Jones

July 05, 1995|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer

The Baltimore Football Club said goodbye to one of its new faces and welcomed back an old comrade yesterday when it waived rookie rush end Jock Jones and signed Malcolm Goodwin, then added him to the team's practice roster.

Ten days ago, Goodwin was released when the team finalized its 37-man roster.

"It's just one of those things where everything fell into place, and I'm glad to be back in Baltimore," Goodwin said. "There are 17 games left, and I've got to work my butt off to make sure I play in all 17 of them."

Goodwin, who is working out at rush end, played sparingly at that position last year, when he started nine games at middle linebacker and was one of Baltimore's top special teams performers. Former rush end O. J. Brigance has since been moved to Goodwin's old linebacker spot.

The team decided on the move after reviewing Jones' performance in Baltimore's season-opening, 37-34 loss to British Columbia last week. Jones, who returned a blocked field goal 15 yards in the game, did not make a tackle.

"He [Jones] was very poor on special teams, and he didn't play [hard] on every down on defense. There's no excuse for not going hard on every play," said Jim Popp, Baltimore's assistant general manager. "He'd shift from one gear to another, take some plays off. That's not what we're looking for, especially when special teams are your No. 1 priority.

"Malcolm Goodwin is a very good special teams player, and we don't have to worry about him giving 100 percent on every play."

Goodwin could be added to the active roster soon, and there is a strong possibility that Grant Carter -- nursing a pulled hamstring on the practice squad -- will be activated to start Saturday's home opener against San Antonio.

Until he injured his hamstring in the team's final exhibition game against Birmingham, Carter was beating out Jones in a battle at rush end.

NOTES: Baltimore also released linebacker Greg Tucker, then signed him to the practice roster. . . . Veteran cornerback Karl Anthony will have surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in about two weeks. He is out for the season. Gary Wilkerson and Coriss Ervin, signed on Monday, will take Anthony's roster spot this week.

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