Steven Jackson RB ATL 7 months ago

Jackson, who was released by the Falcons in February, recently said he is only willing to sign with a contender, reports.

Jackson likely has his eyes on a backup role with a top-notch team, but he may have a hard time finding the right fit. If nothing comes up, it's possible he'll retire, as his 32nd birthday is in July. Jackson averaged just 3.7 yards on 190 carries for the Falcons last season, and while he's unlikely to get that many touches in 2015, he may be able to find a decent team with a better offensive line.

Steven Jackson RB ATL 9 months ago6 Comments

Jackson was released by the Falcons on Thursday.

There was never any chance Jackson would be retained under the same contract, which called for a base salary of $3.75 million in 2015. It's possible the two sides will look to work out a less costly agreement, but it probably makes more sense for Jackson to move on. While far from the dominant force we saw in St. Louis, Jackson still offers a respectable combination of power running, pass blocking, and receiving skills. He'd profile well as a backup for a contending team, and he likely still has designs on finally playing for a decent squad. Jackson thought he would get his Super Bowl shot in Atlanta, only to watch the team go 10-22 over the last two seasons. As for the Falcons, in-house options at running back are led by 2014 fourth-round selection Devonta Freeman, with both Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith slated to become unrestricted free agents.

Steven Jackson RB ATL 10 months ago

Jackson finished the 2014 season with 707 yards and six touchdowns on 190 carries, adding 20 receptions for 148 yards on 27 targets.Though far from spectacular, Jackson was a bit better than the numbers seem to suggest, as the Falcons had a rather unreliable offensive line. Jackson managed just 3.7 yards per carry, but Jacquizz Rodgers (3.7) and Devonta Freeman (3.8) didn't really fare any better. Jackson has one season remaining on his contract, and the Falcons presumably won't want him back at a base salary of $3.75 million. It's possible the two sides will work out an agreement, but a split seems like the more likely result. Freeman should get a chance to earn an expanded role, and Atlanta may be interested in grabbing another running back in the draft. As for Jackson, he probably still has enough left in the tank to compete for a backup job, if he wishes to do so.

Steven Jackson RB ATL 11 months ago

As expected, Jackson (quad) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Jackson, so good for so long, has been on just one playoff team (the 2004 Rams) in his entire career, but if he is to get to the postseason again, his teammates will have to get him there with him watching from the sidelines. Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman will handle the rushing duties for the Falcons.

Steven Jackson RB ATL 11 months ago

Jackson (quad) is not expected to play Sunday against the Panthers, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports.

We'll verify Jackson's status as Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff approaches, but in his expected absence, Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman would be in line to head the Falcons' Week 17 rushing attack.

Steven Jackson RB ATL 11 months ago

Jackson (quad) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

The Falcons aren't ready to rule Jackson out for Week 17 just yet, but he did not practice at all this week, so his chances of playing are not favorable. If Jackson is unable to go Sunday, Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman would split the running back duties for the Falcons in some fashion.

Steven Jackson RB ATL 11 months ago

Jackson (quad) did not participate in Friday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Jackson has not been able to practice at all this week, which points to him sitting out Sunday as expected. The Falcons will provide an official update on Jackson's health following Friday's practice.

Steven Jackson RB ATL 11 months ago

Jackson (quadriceps) wasn't present at Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of reports.

With another absence from drills behind him, Jackson is upholding the belief that he'll take a seat Sunday versus the Panthers. If the preceding comes to fruition, Devonta Freeman is in line to earn the start, while Jacquizz Rodgers would likely remain in a complementary role.

Steven Jackson RB ATL 11 months ago

Jackson (quadriceps) isn't expected to suit up Sunday against the Panthers, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Because coach Mike Smith stated that recent pickup, running back Jerome Smith, will likely be active in Week 17, the Falcons' backfield would then feature three healthy options (also, Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman). If the preceding comes to pass, Jackson would take a seat with a potential home playoff tilt on the docket, if the Falcons can take down Carolina.

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Coach Mike Smith said Wednesday that he's hopeful Jackson (quadriceps) returns to practice before the week concludes, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Jackson failed to practice to begin the week of prep, even though reports indicated that the quad injury suffered this past Sunday wasn't severe. In any case, the absence may have been precautionary in nature, which should be confirmed, one way or the other, by the release of Friday's injury report. If he's at all limited (or sidelined) Sunday against the Panthers, Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers would aid the Falcons' quest for the NFC South division title.