Fred Jackson RB BUF 4 Days

Jackson gained 27 yards on six carries and 28 yards on seven receptions in Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers.

This might be the only time we see a running back catch seven passes in the first half of a preseason game, but the odd stat line really has no significance. Jackson and C.J. Spiller figure to split the workload, and with Spiller believed to be at full health, the 33-year-old Jackson will likely have the lesser share. Both backs are active in the passing game, and Jackson figures to get most of the goal-line carries. Bryce Brown, who struggled in Saturday's game, may be a threat to poach a bit of work from both running backs.

Fred Jackson RB BUF 22 Days

Bills signed RB Fred Jackson to one-year, $2.6 million extension.

The extension comes as somewhat of a surprise. Already the oldest running back in the NFL at 33, Jackson is now under contract through 2015. The arrival of Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon may prevent Jackson from getting the 252 touches he saw last season, but this contract suggests he will remain a big part of a run-first offense. He is worth a flier in the ninth round.

Fred Jackson RB BUF 1 Month

WGR 550 Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia suggests Fred Jackson could lose snaps this season to Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon.

We see Dixon more as a special teamer, but the Bills gave up significant compensation for Brown (a conditional fourth-round pick that could improve to a third-rounder), and will probably want to carve out a role for him. While Jackson should remain heavily involved due to his pass-protection prowess, his touches are a virtual lock to sink. Jackson will be 33 1/2 years old in Week 1.

Fred Jackson RB BUF 3 Months

The Bills used several formations during OTAs that had C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson on the field at the same time.

Despite Jackson and Spiller being arguably Buffalo's two best offensive weapons, the Bills have been oddly resistant to playing both players at the same time. Thankfully those reservations seem to be dissipating. Jackson's role may be slightly reduced in 2014, but he is still a good bet for eight-plus touchdowns and a solid flex option. Spiller is a boom-or-bust RB2.

Fred Jackson RB BUF 3 Months

WGR 550 Buffalo expects Fred Jackson's role to be reduced a bit in 2014.

Jackson played 663 offensive snaps a year ago. With C.J. Spiller back to 100 percent and the addition of Bryce Brown to the backfield, it's only natural for 33-year-old Jackson to see his workload scaled back. He'll still have an important role that will likely include red-zone work in a run-heavy offense. But a year after finishing as a standard scoring top-ten fantasy back, we expect a major drop-off. Jackson is more RB2/flex than RB1.

Fred Jackson RB BUF 7 Months

Fred Jackson (ribs, knee) said he's now feeling "90 to 95 percent."

Fred Jackson RB BUF 7 Months

Fred Jackson thinks he can play 3-4 more years.

Jackson has already beaten long odds by remaining highly productive into his age-32 season. Now he's getting greedy, looking to hang around the league until he's 35 or 36. "I confidently believe I can do that," he said. "Especially with the workload being split between C.J. and I. That definitely gives me the opportunity to be out here three or four more years." Realistically, the Bills figure to try to squeeze more out of a healthy Spiller next season, the final year of Jackson's contract.

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Fred Jackson wound up playing 663 snaps to C.J. Spiller's 389 in 2013.

Spiller's Week 4 high ankle sprain had some effect, but ultimately F-Jax played so many more downs because the Bills trusted him in pass protection. He was Buffalo's go-to third-down back. Under Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett -- who publicly promised before the season to "run C.J. until he pukes" -- Spiller actually ended up playing fewer snaps than he did the year before under Chan Gailey (579). Jackson turns 33 in February. Spiller is 26, so look for the pendulum to swing back C.J.'s way sooner rather than later.

Fred Jackson RB BUF 8 Months

Fred Jackson rushed 14 times for 60 yards and a touchdown in Buffalo's Week 17 loss to the Patriots, adding three catches for 53 yards.

Ageless F-Jax finishes his latest solid season with 896 yards rushing, 388 receiving yards and nine total touchdowns. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry, and appeared in all 16 games after combining to miss 12 in 2011-12. Jackson is two months shy of his 33rd birthday, but signed for an affordable $2.45 million, there's almost no way he won't be back for 2014.

Fred Jackson RB BUF 8 Months

Fred Jackson (ribs) is listed as probable for Week 17.

He'll be all systems go against the Patriots on Sunday.