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RB Fred Jackson - Buffalo Bills

6-1, 215Born: 2-20-1981College: CoeDrafted: ---

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Fred Jackson is getting opportunities as a punt returner now that Leodis McKelvin is on Injured Reserve.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Jackson is the clear lead back on a team with a great defense, although CJ Spiller could steal a few more touches if he's back this week. Jackson is a strong RB2 vs Oakland after getting over his groin injury despite a hiccup when he first came back.

Week 16: at Oakland Raiders

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The old war horse Fred Jackson has worked his way back to health, and is now the featured back for the Bills, with 20/71/0 rushing and 3/27/0 receiving during the upset of Green Bay last weekend. This, compared to 6/26/0 rushing and 1/5/0 receiving for Anthony Dixon, and 4/20/0 rushing with 1/40/0 receiving to Bryce Brown's credit, illustrates the lions' share of the work at running back is flowing to Jackson here in December. The Raiders' rush D has averaged 125.4 rushing yards allowed per game (25th in the NFL) and one TD allowed per game (14 given up over 14 contests this year). K.C. managed 27/93/1 rushing vs. Oakland last week; San Francisco had 18/97/0 rushing in the Black Hole two weeks ago. Of late, the Raiders' defensive front is playing with some vigor. Jackson is playing well in his featured role, but he's got an improving defensive front to deal with on Sunday - this looks like a neutral matchup for both sides (neither has a clear edge over the other).

Recent Stats and Projections

12 vs NYJ 10 32 1 4 3 13 0 0
13 vs CLE 21 70 0 4 3 27 0 0
14 at DEN 8 35 0 14 10 37 0 0
15 vs GB 20 71 0 6 3 27 0 0
16 at OAK PROJ-Dodds 13 * * 5 * * *
16 at OAK PROJ-Tremblay 13 * * 5 * * *
16 at OAK PROJ-Bloom 17 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs CLE (21 / 70 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Fred Jackson dominated the carries on Sunday, but like the rest of the Bills offense was just 'meh' as he averaged only 3.3 yards per carry. Often resigned to pounding the interior of his struggling offensive line, Jackson did not have a single carry over four yards in the first half and only had four carries throughout the game where he picked up more than five yards (nothing longer than eight yards). Normally able to work even the smallest of crevices, Jackson just couldn't find the gaps and the couple times he did the Browns did an excellent job to mitigate the damage. Jackson had the usual power and forward lean, but didn't have any space with which to work. As usual, Jackson was heavily involved in the passing game, but like a dinner at Charlie Weis' house, there just wasn't enough to go around. Jackson was third on the team in receiving yards, but that only resulted in 27 yards with a long of 20. The Bills have struggled blocking in space all season, but they did a nice job on Jackson's third catch and he was able to weave through traffic before just barely getting tripped up. Clearly the most trusted back on the team (he received seven straight carries to close out the game), and now healthy, Jackson's usage shouldn't look much different going forward.

2014 Week 14 vs DEN (8 / 35 / 0 rush, 14 / 10 / 37 / 0 rec)

Fred Jackson dominated the snaps on Sunday, and touches too, as he led the offense in rushing attempts, yards, catches and targets. Jackson and the running game looked considerably more functional than the passing game, but unfortunately were done in by game flow as the Bills chased the scoreboard all afternoon. Jackson's first five carries spanning the first three drives went for 32 of his 35 yards, including a 12-yard power exhibition that saw the running back use two separate stiff arms on a defensive tackle and a linebacker to get the edge. The 12-yard burst was Jackson's longest run, but only because a penalty wiped out a 23-yard gain later in the game. Using a bevy of jump cuts to manipulate blocks and to avoid first contact at the hole, Jackson sloughed off three more tacklers as he powered up field and was never actually brought down despite the heavy contact. The run would have taken the Bills into Bronco territory, but instead were left working well behind the sticks. Jackson also caught 10 passes on 14 targets as the Bills tried to get the screen game going early to slow down the pass rush. Where there was initial space, however, as the Denver defense seemed caught off guard by the screens, the Bills offensive line (especially the right side) was again inept and/or lacks the athleticism to take full advantage. Seantrel Henderson was in Jackson's lap on his first screen grab, allowing the defense to swarm for a short loss. The Bills went right back the following play and while this time Jackson had space, and nearly every defender blocked. The lone exception, however, was Aquib Talib, who was right guard Erik Pears responsibility but the lineman didn't (and doesn't) have the necessary giddyup to lock Talib down and he was able to bring Jackson down for a nominal gain when it deserved much more.

2014 Week 15 vs GB (20 / 71 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

It is quite evident Fred Jackson and the Bills running game are nowhere near the machine they were in recent memory. However, that doesn't mean Jackson wasn't pivotal to Sunday's outcome as he frequently shattered Packer tacklers whilst his team held on to their slim lead and playoff chances late in the game. After a first half loaded with uncharacteristic dropped passes and minimal gains (seven of eight for three yards or less), Jackson put the struggling offense on his back in the second half as he consistently broke tackles and extended drives with extended runs. A fluid 11-yard scamper to open the half, Jackson's next run only went three yards but was the type that fires a sideline up. Hit at the hole on what should have been a one-yard gain, Jackson's second effort carried tacklers three more yards to set up a 3rd and 1. The following drive opened with another Jackson carry that seemed destined for another minimal gain at best, but this time the aged bourbon ran through tacklers as he posted his longest run of the day. Jackson started right, as the Packers appeared to stretch the run out, but he was able to break two tackles and completely reverse field. Now working left Jackson rounded upfield and ran through two more tackles before Green Bay was finally able to stop the bleeding after a 13-yard gain. On the Bills final drive, Jackson again willed his way to the first down marker despite being met at the line of scrimmage, eliciting a powerful lean that turned a one-yard gain into four and a crucial first down. As usual Jackson was a big part of the passing game, leading the team in targets and catches, including a 20-yard gain on a screen. There seemed to be a bigger receiving day in the cards for Jackson, but his hands uncharacteristically let him down on a couple of his targets.


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