RB Fred Jackson - Buffalo Bills
|6-1, 215||Born: 2-20-1981||College: Coe||Drafted: ---|
He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 17): Jackson was listed as questionable on Wednesday due to his groin injury, and he was inactive for the Thursday night game at Miami - however, reports on Monday indicate that he is expected to play during Week 12.
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Jackson could return for Week 12, but after his groin injury caused him to miss Week 11 after returning in Week 10, he's on shaky ground. The Bills could well employ a three-headed committee from here on out and make Jackson's value even more unpredictable.
General News (Sat Nov 22): partially participated in Saturday's practice and is questionable to play this week. Jackson took advantage of the rest he got due to the blizzard, and it helped as he recovered from a groin injury. Jackson said he did not suffer a setback in practice Friday. "Obviously you want to rest it, and with these two days off I was able to do that. But you want to be in the room with the trainers and go through some treatments and rehab and things like that and not being able to do that is something that could be a setback, but taking advantage of not doing anything is something that could help too. It felt good getting out there today. Hopefully I can continue to progress well and play well on Monday."
General News (Thu Nov 20): said he believes the team is at a disadvantage for their Week 12 game against the New York Jets because the snow in the Buffalo area has prevented the team from practicing. Jackson said the players are using their iPads to study the game plan for Week 12.
General News (Tue Nov 18): would have played in Week 11 if the game weren't on Thursday Night Football. Jackson expects to play in Week 12.
Week 12: vs New York Jets
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. These teams clashed at MetLife Stadium on October 26, 2014 - the Bills won the first contest decisively, 43-23. One TD was scored by the Buffalo running backs, but it was seldom-utilized Frank Summers, who posted 1/2/1 rushing during the game - Anthony Dixon (22/44/0 rushing) and Bryce Brown (7/15/0 rushing with three targets for zero receptions) were the main ball-carriers back in Week 8. Fred Jackson couldn't play in Week 11 as he continues to battle a groin injury, so it may well be Dixon (10/35/0 rushing with 2/13/0 receiving at Miami last Thursday) and Brown (6/14/0 rushing with 10 targets for 7/57/0 receiving) who carry the load in this game as well. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest on Jackson's practice status as the weekend approaches. The Jets gave up just 17/36/0 rushing to Le'Veon Bell and the Steelers two weeks ago, after limiting the Chiefs to 24/113/1 rushing two games ago. To date, the Jets are the fourth-ranked rush D in the land averaging 83.2 yards allowed per game, with only four rushing scores given up over 10 games played. This is a tough matchup for whoever is healthy enough to play for Buffalo.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 10 vs KC (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Coming back from a groin injury after only two weeks, Fred Jackson's role was clearly limited on Sunday. Most importantly, however, Jackson was able to make it through the game without reinjuring himself and should only see increased usage going forward. On the field, it was clearly a tale of two halves as Jackson looked spry and much more like himself in the first half. His first touch saw Jackson make an effective cut in the open field at game speed as he willed the short catch into a 10-yard gain and there didn't appear to be any negative effects from cutting. However, as the Bills came out of halftime, Jackson spent much of the third quarter watching from the sideline and by the time he did see the field he had a much more sluggish look to him and didn't have that usual power that turns no gains into three and four-yard gains. Jackson ultimately finished the game on the field as he experienced no setbacks and should only look better going forward.
Latest NewsBills | Fred Jackson expected to play (Sat Nov 22, 08:56 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) is officially listed as questionable for the team's Week 12 game Monday, Nov. 24, but head coach Doug Marrone said he is planning on Jackson playing. Our View: Jackson is still likely to split the backfield three ways with Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon, making none a great play tomorrow.
link to story Bills | Fred Jackson practices (Sat Nov 22, 06:56 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) practiced in an undisclosed capacity Saturday, Nov. 22. Our View: We're still not quite sold on him this week and have him as an low-end RB2/RB3 with some upside. Not knowing how much and in what way he practiced, we just don't trust him to be effective or get a lot of carries.
link to story Bills | Fred Jackson took advantage of rest (Sat Nov 22, 10:18 AM) - Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) took advantage of the rest he got due to the blizzard, and it helped as he recovered from a groin injury. Jackson said he did not suffer a setback in practice Friday. “Obviously you want to rest it, and with these two days off I was able to do that. But you want to be in the room with the trainers and go through some treatments and rehab and things like that and not being able to do that is something that could be a setback, but taking advantage of not doing anything is something that could help too. It felt good getting out there today. Hopefully I can continue to progress well and play well on Monday.” Our View: We're not sold on the delay—and the lack of practice—being a positive for the Bills, unless we're talking about Fred Jackson who definitely benefited. We're not "all in" on the running back, or the Bills offense, even against the thoroughly underwhelming Jets, so we have him as an middling RB2/RB3 this week, though he has more upside. The Bills might ease him back in as well, so that limits his upside.
link to story Bills | Limited practice for Fred Jackson (Thu Nov 20, 04:39 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) was limited for the second straight day in practice Thursday, Nov. 20. The Bills did not actually practice Thursday, so Orton's status is an estimation. Our View: We don't know what shape he's really in since the Bills aren't practicing. At best we have him as an RB3, but he may not be even that effective. We just don't know.
link to story Bills | Fred Jackson thinks Bills at disadvantage (Thu Nov 20, 01:44 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson said he believes the team is at a disadvantage for their Week 12 game against the New York Jets because the snow in the Buffalo area has prevented the team from practicing. Jackson said the players are using their iPads to study the game plan for Week 12. Our View: He's not wrong. While the Bills and Jets head coach Rex Ryan are saying the Bills will still be prepared, you have to wonder what not being able to practice for a huge chunk of the week will play out. Jackson's groin injury is still a concern, an we've got him as just an RB3 this week. Considering that the game could be moved to another night and Jackson's status is still iffy, it's best to avoid this whole mess.
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