RB Fred Jackson - Free Agent
|6-1, 215||Born: 2-20-1981||College: Coe||Drafted: ---|
2015 Week 1 vs LA (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
The newly acquired veteran running back from the Buffalo Bills was not much of a factor in this game. He took his first carry from the shotgun for a short gain. His best play of the night came with an empty backfield where Jackson was split out wide for a nice 16-yard catch and first down. He did pick up a crucial short yardage first down on 3rd and 1 with 49 seconds left in first half.
2015 Week 2 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 1 rec)
The veteran running back had zero carries in this game but did finish with 2 receptions for 16 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown reception was in the red zone on the first drive of the second half where Wilson hit him out of the shotgun with a short pass off a post route through the middle of the field. Jackson later loses a fumble on a short pass that is punched out from behind. This effectively ended comeback hopes and the game for the Seahawks.
2015 Week 3 vs CHI (2 / 13 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
The veteran running back was not a factor in this game, even with Marshawn Lynch leaving with an injury. He was given just two carries on which he gained 13 yards and added two catches for 9 yards. His catch in the 4th quarter was on a critical 3rd down play as Russell Wilson threw him a screen pass under extreme pressure in the pocket.
2015 Week 4 vs DET (3 / 21 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Seeing increased snaps with Marshawn Lynch nursing a hamstring injury against the Detroit Lions Fred Jackson now has injury troubles of his own leaving with an apparent ankle injury in this game. He made some plays for the Seahawks in this game who was having trouble getting anything going on offense including a 26-yard catch in the first quarter. Though only touching the ball 5 times in this game Jackson collected 2 receptions on 4 targets along with 54 total yards.
2015 Week 5 vs CIN (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Veteran running back Fred Jackson had just 5 touches in this game including three receptions on three targets in the passing game for 34 total yards. Battling though a high-ankle sprain it was a surprise to see Jackson suit up for this game.
2015 Week 6 vs CAR (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
The veteran Fred Jackson has not yet eclipsed five touches in a single game this season even while Marshawn Lynch was out with an injury. In Week 6 he was not given a carry but did have two catches for seven yards on two targets.
2015 Week 7 vs SF (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Veteran running back Fred Jackson only received one carry in this game but did add four catches for 33 yards. His long play of the day was an 18-yard reception off of a short pass right from Russell Wilson in the fourth quarter. The drive would end in a 46-yard field goal for kicker Steven Hauschka.
2015 Week 8 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Fred Jackson continues to be a non-factor in this offense as he had just one target, which he converted for a 9-yard gain. With a healthy Marshawn Lynch and rookie Thomas Rawls in the mix, Jackson will not be an impact player in fantasy this year barring an injury.
2015 Week 11 vs SF (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Fred Jackson had a season high in touches with six in Week 11. He had just four carries for 11 yards but did add two catches for 11 yards. He was largely overshadowed by rookie Thomas Rawls with Marshawn Lynch a surprise inactive Sunday.
2015 Week 13 vs MIN (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)
Fred Jackson continues to be largely irrelevant in the Seattle offense but he did have a touchdown reception in Week 13 against the Vikings. Off a play fake Russell Wilson threw him a screen pass on 3rd and goal where he walked in for the 8-yard score. He would finish the day with 18 total yards on three touches.
2015 Week 14 vs BAL (7 / 15 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Veteran Fred Jackson only received eight touches for 23 total yards against the Ravens even with rookie Thomas Rawls going down with a season-ending ankle injury. DuJuan Harris in Week 14 out touched him 8-18 though he served as Seattle's primary passing down back. He had four targets in his change-of-pace role though contributing just one catch for eight yards through the air.
2015 Week 16 vs LA (2 / 11 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
Jackson's first carry came early on during the first quarter, but it was a run on Third-and-Long that was only designed to create space for a punt. He only had two carries in the whole game but spent a lot of time on the field for passing plays. Jackson caught five passes without creating an explosive play and had one drop after lining up out wide to run a route.
2014 Week 1 vs CHI (7 / 61 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
Ageless Fred Jackson had 10 touches on Sunday, but really his game boiled down to one brutalizing, game-clinching, 38-yard run in overtime. After a quick cut in the backfield to avoid an immediate threat, Jackson found a Grand Canyon-sized hole off the left guard with a waiting Chris Conte as the only roadblock between him and an opening weekend victory. Poor Chris Conte. Jackson caught the much-maligned safety flat-footed as he hit the 2nd level and rounded his cut to the left and towards the sideline. Conte was able to recover and cut Jackson off just as he approached the end zone. Poor Chris Conte. Like Godzilla playing in a Pee-Wee jamboree, Jackson played the part of radiated reptile as he viciously spurned Conte not once, but twice with his right hand before help arrived. The first stiff-arm redirected Conte, pushing the defender even more in front of Jackson as he clearly wasn't done with his meal before he extended his arm once more and put Conte flat on his back. Jackson went airborne, but the timing was just off as Jon Bostic was able to clip the running back and force him out of bounds at the one-yard line, his 2nd near touchdown. Early in Sunday's game, Jackson took a carry at the seven-yard line on a read-option and was just barely dragged down at the two-yard line. The following drive, Jackson just missed another big play in the passing game. A beautifully designed screen and a legion of blockers in front of him, Jackson only needed RG Erik Pears to occupy Tim Jennings to spring him. Unfortunately Pears whiffed and Jackson was taken down for a short five-yard gain. Clearly the 3rd down back, however, Jackson only received seven carries and six of those came on 2 of the 11 drives. Jackson was not the sole red zone back either, as Spiller's touchdown came inside the Bears 10-yard line.
2014 Week 2 vs MIA (12 / 24 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Fred Jackson matched Spiller's carries and while he couldn't match the latter's explosion on Sunday, Jackson frequently manufactured positive yards on mere effort. The Dolphins were well prepared for the Bills option rushing attack as Jackson was often hit behind or at the line of scrimmage, but only had one rushing attempt result in negative yardage. The ageless running back also showed he can still run away from tacklers on his 28-yard catch on the first scoring drive. A safety valve, Jackson was left uncovered sneaking across the middle of the field and took the short throw 28 yards down the sideline. Jimmy Wilson tried to direct Jackson out of bounds, but the surly one lowered his shoulder and put it on the Miami cornerback.
2014 Week 3 vs SD (6 / 34 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 78 / 1 rec)
After playing second fiddle to CJ Spiller in Week 2 and with the Bills trailing essentially the entire game on Sunday, Fred Jackson was the go-to all-around back against the Chargers. Jackson has tremendous vision and despite being the league's oldest running back, still has a burst that can beat defenders to the edge. Taking a handoff on a draw, Jackson used one cut right at the line of scrimmage with a defender at his feet to get wide before a well-timed burst allowed him to angle off a crashing Shareece Wright. Once outside Jackson was able to straighten out before delivering one final blow to Eric Weddle just as he stepped out of bounds. The run went for 17 yards, by far his long on the day, and was made almost exclusively by Jackson. The majority of Jackson's damage was done via the air; however, as he had a team high 10 targets and scored the Bills lone touchdown on a screen pass. Far from perfectly executed, the resulting touchdown had more to do with Jackson's vision and determination and less to do with the execution around him. The Chargers appeared to have the play well defended, especially when Jackson cut back into the pursuit. However, like he's done so many times throughout his career, Jackson weaved his way through a collection of bodies before running over Eric Weddle at the goal line. Jackson's longest play went for 21 yards, this time the result of an effective play design on an ill-timed blitz from San Diego. Eric Weddle brought pressure off the Bills right side and both receivers to the same side ran in-breaking routes taking the coverage with them. Jackson slid into the void and Manuel quickly put the ball in his hands. With loads of open space in front of him, Jackson was well on his way to the big gain before San Diego could react. Jackson's usage had more do with game flow that anything else, but it was clear there's production to be had when he's called upon.
2014 Week 4 vs HOU (7 / 33 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 52 / 0 rec)
Looking to be his role going forward, Jackson received only half the carries Spiller did and provided his biggest impact in the passing game. Third on the team in targets, Jackson led the team with six catches as he was Manuel's favorite target when the Bills picked the pace up. Jackson's long went for 14 yards and showed he has still shifty enough to win a battle in the open field. Catching the pass just off the line of scrimmage as he worked towards the sideline, Jackson was able to slip the initial tackle attempt with a sharp cut at the sideline that helped him get up field on the 14-yard gain. Jackson also did his best CJ Spiller in water impersonation on his longest rush of the day. Taking the hand off from Manuel, Jackson had to immediately use one jump cut to his right and outside to avoid JJ Watt as he had penetrated the backfield and sealed the initial hole. Brian Cushing came down, but he was left with only a weak arm tackle attempt as Jackson cut back to his left just beyond the line of scrimmage. Still not done, Jackson used another slick cut to his left as Kareem Jackson broke down and was left looking like Cushing as the ageless one easily burst through his weak arm tackle too. By the time two Texans were gang-tackling Jackson he was 14 yards down field. If Spiller is a scalpel with his cuts, Jackson is a bit more ax-like and yet was every bit as effective on Sunday.
2014 Week 5 vs DET (11 / 50 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 58 / 0 rec)
Mr. Do Everything, Fred Jackson was the Bills offense for the majority of the game as he led the team in rushing yards, catches and was second in both targets and receiving yards. Running the ball, Jackson frequently found creases through the strength of the Lion defensive line on his way to averaging 4.9 yards per carry despite his longest run only going 10 yards. Stating the obvious, Jackson clearly lacks the suddenness of CJ Spiller, but more than makes up for with tremendous vision and sound feet. Jackson only ran outside the tackles once, but still slithered through the wreckage like an eel, as he rarely needed more than one slight cut to manifest space. Jackson also dominated the backers assigned to stopping him in the passing game. Jackson had two catches of 19+ yards, including a long of 26 yards that saw him take that slitherly approach to the screen game. Looking like an extension of his running game, Jackson took what a perfect play call and beautifully blocked, and fluidly glided his way to the big gain. There's almost a tranquility to his running style that rarely seems fast enough and is short on moves until absolutely necessary. Jackson also showed some speed on his catch of 19 yards, as he was just too much for DeAndre Levy to keep up with on the arrow route. Initially in the right place, Levy tried to pick up Jackson has he flashed on the play but simply couldn't keep up. Jackson also showed his abilities to help the offense even when he doesn't have the ball in his hands. In fact Jackson showed he could do both as he helped redirect the pressure off the edge before slipping into the flat for a short gain. Jackson's ability to help in pass coverage also led to more snaps after Spiller missed an assignment that resulted in a sack. Jackson converted a two-point conversion as well, finding plenty of room up the middle (and little resistance) on the play. Jackson did appear to suffer some sort of leg injury (looked like a hamstring, was later reported as a sprained ankle) late in the game but ultimately was able to return on the final drive.
2014 Week 6 vs NE (10 / 26 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)
Despite showing no ill effects of the ankle injury that led to his questionable tag all week, Fred Jackson and the entire rushing attack struggled to get anything going on Sunday. Jackson's longest run went eight yards and if nothing else showed no issues with his ankle. The flow of the play went right, but Jackson used a quick jump cut against the current at the line of scrimmage and without hitch was up field on the eight-yard gain. His lone saving grace, Jackson did find the end zone on a one-yard dive that was nothing more than a straight power run right up center Eric Wood's back. Game flow undoubtedly affected opportunity as the Bills chased a deficit all afternoon, but when Jackson was running the ball there was absolutely no space with which to work. Jackson also struggled to get much going in the passing game either, as his four catches only amassed 17 yards. His long was vintage Fred Jackson as he caught the ball well short of the sticks and willed his way to the first down. Two Patriots converged and were on Jackson immediately, but he powered through the initial hit and dragged both four more yards for a first down.
2014 Week 7 vs MIN (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Fred Jackson's day was short-lived on Sunday as he suffered an apparent groin injury on the team's third drive of the game. Running right, Jackson tried to plant and cut at the line but went down in a heap immediately after planting. It didn't look menacing initially, but the back immediately clutched at his groin and could only get off the field help and the most ginger of walks to the sideline. It didn't take long for the training staff to load Jackson on to the cart nor for everyone watching to see the concern on Jackson's face, as he was visibly upset before disappearing into the locker room. Initial reports have it anywhere from a two-week to four-week recovery, but more will be revealed once Jackson gets his MRI on Monday.
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.
2014 Week 12 vs NYJ (10 / 32 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
Looking considerably more healthy in his second game since coming back from a groin injury, Fred Jackson led the Bills rushing attack before giving way to Anthony Dixon once the game spiraled out of control. Jackson looked very much his old self, slithering through the leanest of holes and often driving tacklers two and three yards beyond contact. Most importantly, Jackson looked just as strong in the second half as he did in the first, including a five-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. With the line flowing left, Jackson cut backside right at the line of scrimmage and slipped through into the end zone. Jackson also caught three balls in the screen game, but only amassed 13 yards as none went for more than six yards.
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.
2014 Week 16 vs OAK (6 / 10 / 0 rush, 12 / 9 / 93 / 0 rec)
Absolutely shut down by a very stingy Raider rush defense to the tune of 6 carries for 10 yards and caught chasing a mounting deficit, Fred Jackson dominated the passing game as he led the team in every statistical receiving category on Sunday. Jackson was the only pass catcher to receive double-digit targets and did so despite only two designed plays (via an abysmal screen game) for him. Jackson's longest play went for 34 yards and was a play designed on the palm of a13-yard old playing backyard football. Nearly sacked by the back of a penetrating Raider defensive lineman, Orton managed to keep his feet as he caromed off the hit and did a pirouette before locating Jackson just beyond the line of scrimmage. With a defender bearing down, Jackson was able to slip the initial hit before the second potential tackler nearly took his feet out from underneath him. Jackson braced his almost fall with his right arm to avoid going down and regained his balance before taking off down the sideline with ample green in front of him. Brandian Ross was finally able to deflect Jackson just out of bounds as the running back hurdled him to stop the huge gain after the 34-yard scamper. The play ultimately led to the Bills final touchdown and provided the faintest of glimmer of hope.
2014 Week 17 vs NE (18 / 58 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Though the numbers may not show it, Jackson was by far Buffalo's best runner on the day, making extra yardage look effortless and showing up to the task against a Patriots defense that played the run very well. For instance, on one play in the final quarter, Jackson was hit in the backfield, but juked two would-be tacklers and picked up 7 yards instead of a loss of 1 or 2 yards. Jackson also had a touchdown 'vultured' by Anthony Dixon, who got a 1 yard score after Jackson had two runs to get the Bills on the goal line.
2013 Week 1 vs NE (13 / 67 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
If Spiller was indecisive and too patient; Fred Jackson was the opposite. Given space and gaping holes, Jackson burst through with power and delivered blows instead of taking them. After averaging three yards per carry on his first two carries, Jackson took his third and blasted the middle of line for a seven-yard gain. Buffalo went back to Jackson the very next play and the hole was even bigger as Jackson gashed the defense for a 12-yard gain. Jackson would get three consecutive carries on the Bills first drive of the 2nd half and again punished the defense and picked up chunks of yards, including a 10-yard run. Jackson's final run may have been his most bruising, as he again attacked the middle of the line and ran over defenders and his O-linemen alike on his way to a six-yard gain. Jackson was just downright impressive running the ball on Sunday, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. Jackson also led the team in receiving too, picking up two 1st downs (and another that was wiped out by a penalty). Mark Twain said it best when he said, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."
2013 Week 2 vs CAR (12 / 30 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
Perhaps a bit surprising, Jackson was given 12 carries on Sunday, but he really struggled to make much of them. Averaging only 2.5 yards per carry, Jackson's long went for five yards and came on his second, and probably most impressive, carry. Facing a 3rd and five, Buffalo ran a rare toss and Jackson was met with almost immediate resistance. He was able to do a good job getting behind his pads and showed some nice power as he had to really work to pick up the first down. Later Jackson was called on again on 3rd and short to power for a 1st down. It may have even been that carry that opened Jackson up to the goal line tote that came later in the game on the Bills first TD. Running off right tackle, Jackson easily slid through the line on the four-yard TD run. Outside of his TD run, Jackson's biggest impact came in the receiving game on the Bills game winning drive. Catching a dump off on over the middle of the field, Jackson was able to slip a tackle from Kuechly and pick up another 10 yards after the broken tackle. Far from the spectacular game that Spiller had; Jackson was efficient on Sunday.
2013 Week 3 vs NYJ (7 / 72 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Just as he did in Week 1, Jackson looked the better back against a stout Jets rush defense. Jackson didn't get his first carry until the 3rd drive, but boy did he make it count. As the Bills have done all season, they called on Jackson in short yardage situations. Needing a yard for a first down, Jackson was initially stonewalled on the play. However, Jackson was able to do what he does best, continuing to press the hole and keep his legs churning. Like flowing water looking for a crack, Jackson found that seam and emerged from the mess of bodies upright and got downhill quickly. With the defense converged in the middle of the line, Jackson found plenty of space on the outside and galloped to the Bills into scoring position with a 59-yard run. Jackson only ran the ball six other times, but was often hit behind or at the line of scrimmage and was only able to pick up 13 more yards on those six carries. Jackson was plenty active in the passing game, catching four balls on five targets with a long of 17 yards. Jackson's best catch wasn't his longest, but instead one in which he only picked up seven yards. Jackson ran a swing route, catching the pass and meeting the defender right at the line of scrimmage. Like he has done so many other times, Jackson absorbed the first hit and turned what would have been a one-yard gain into a seven-yard pickup. Jackson didn't find the end zone, but again was the goal-line back and received two carries inside the New York 15-yard line.
2013 Week 4 vs BAL (16 / 87 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The veteran continues to impress in a run-heavy Bills offense under Doug Marrone, adding a physical element and an all-round solid presence. CJ Spiller's injury gave Jackson the bulk of the touches in the second half, with his downhill, no-nonsense style churning out positive yardage. Jackson was assisted by a solid performance from the Bills offensive line, which got good push and allowed him to press a hole before cutting back, or simply powering between the tackles. Jackson's touchdown run in the second quarter was the culminations of a great drive as he scampered in from 16 yards out, making a tackler miss in the hole on the way with a nifty sidestep. With performances like this, Jackson will continue to be a key contributor for the Bills for some time to come.
2013 Week 5 vs CLE (17 / 53 / 2 rush, 6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
With Spiller ailing, Jackson stepped into the lead back role with 17 carries and performed admirably against one of the league's best run defenses. Jackson's first carry came from the Cleveland one-yard line and he easily converted the run into a touchdown to open the scoring for the Bills. Jackson did his best work on the draw, compiling 21 of his 53 yards on the four delayed handoffs, including his longest run. Taking the handoff, Jackson used the stellar blocking to ease through the gaping hole before reaching the second level and bouncing the run outside. Running through one arm tackle, Jackson picked up five more yards after initial contact. Later Jackson would receive another carry at the Cleveland one-yard line and he again converted. Jackson patiently hesitated before bouncing the run outside into open space and easily walked into the end zone for his 2nd touchdown. Jackson also caught four of his six targets, including a long of 13 yards on the final drive of the game.
2013 Week 6 vs CIN (10 / 35 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 13 / 0 rec)
Jackson didn't have the flashy runs his teammate did, but still showed why he continues to be the heart and soul of the Buffalo Bills. With the game on the line and the Bills facing a 3rd and six, Thad Lewis targeted Jackson as he worked out of the backfield. Hit short of the marker, Jackson carried the tackler two extra yards and through the first down. Three plays later, Jackson's made another huge impact on the game without ever touching the ball. The Bengals brought pressure off the corner, leaving Terrance Newman in single coverage on Marquise Goodwin. Jackson stonewalled the blitzer, allotting extra time for Lewis while he waited for Goodwin to get behind the coverage on the way to his 40-yard TD catch. Jackson's day wasn't without its disappointments, though, either. Receiving three consecutive carries inside the Cleveland two-yard line, Jackson only managed to pick up one yard combined as Cincinnati's penetration never allowed Jackson to get a head of steam.
2013 Week 7 vs MIA (11 / 36 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Jackson's day, and career in Buffalo really, could easily be summed up by one play he made on the game's final drive. Desperately needing a first down to further bleed the clock and shorten the game-winning FG try, the Bills turned to Jackson. Facing a 3rd and six and with the entire Dolphin defense crowding the line; Jackson took the carry off right tackle. With only a sliver of space, Jackson leaked through and just as he hit open space LB Phillip Wheeler delivered a blow three yards short of the marker. Jackson absorbed the hit and stayed upright before plowing forward for seven more yards and a 1st down. The 10-yard run was Jackson's longest (and last) of the day and while not necessarily a spectacular run, it was made as such because of the fact Jackson was playing hurt. Three quarters earlier, on Jackson's first touch of the game he had his knee rolled up on by Scott Chandler as he stepped out of bounds. Jackson dropped immediately and writhed in pain for extended period of time and didn't return until his short touchdown run a drive and nine plays later. Clearly limited, Jackson struggled all day with his burst because of the knee injury and was robbed of another potential TD run. Getting the carry inside the Miami five, Jackson was able to slip the initial tackle, but like a car running on two cylinders, didn't have enough power to get back up to speed before the defense collapsed on him. Jackson also uncharacteristically missed a blitz pickup resulting in a sack on the same drive. A true warrior, Jackson led all Bills in touches with 15, including four catches on five targets and a long of 21 yards coming on the screen where his knee was rolled up on.
2013 Week 8 vs NO (15 / 45 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Missing his partner in crime, Jackson was the man in the backfield and he wasted little time getting out of the gates. His longest run of the day, Jackson took his first carry 15 yards. Plenty of space to operate, Jackson immediately got up field and wasn't touched until he'd already picked up 10 yards. Never the type to go down easy, Jackson carried the pile an extra three yards. Like a tractor gobbling up crops, Jackson efficiently piled up 25 yards over his next four carries and appeared headed for another big day. The Saints had other ideas, however, as Jackson only amassed three yards on his next ten carries. Jackson did find the end zone on a one-yard plunge early in the 4th quarter, coming on the 3rd of three consecutive carries inside the New Orleans five-yard line. Shockingly Jackson was rendered hapless in the passing game. Buffalo repeatedly tried to use the talented pass catcher in the screen game, but the Saints held Jackson to two catches on five targets for a measly eight yards.
2013 Week 9 vs KC (16 / 77 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
Jackson led the team in carries and while he lacked the monster plays Spiller exhibited, he still averaged just under five yards per tote and received all the goal line work. Jackson brutalized potential tacklers all day, including what was probably his most powerful run that took the Bills down to the two-yard line. Running out of the shotgun, Jackson showed tremendous balance as he immediately used a jump cut to elevate over Justin Houston's attempt at his legs whilst at the same time shrugging off a tackle from Kendrick Lewis. Lewis did just enough to get Jackson stumbling and Brandon Flowers finally was able to bring him down at the one-yard line. Later Jackson again split two defenders as, this time doing it in the open field as he ran left. Like a scene from Saturday morning cartoons, Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson converged on Jackson but only tackled each other as they collided on the play. Jackson continued up field and dropped another tackler with a vicious stiff arm that led to seven more yards on the 15-yard run. Jackson finished off the linebacking corps the following drive, this time running right through James-Michael Johnson at the line of scrimmage on his way to 11 more yards. Sunday wasn't all broken tackles and positive yards, however, as Jackson experienced troubles for the 2nd time this season at the door step of the end zone. Receiving back-to-back carries from the one-yard line, Jackson found no running room and surprisingly was dropped immediately on both runs without providing any forward push. Jackson's legs were incapacitated immediately on the first and Derrick Johnson did a tremendous job going high and not allowing Jackson to fall forward. The following run, the Chiefs defensive line as a whole did a nice job pushing into the backfield and Jackson was never able to get any forward momentum. Jackson was only targeted twice in the passing game, both coming on screens and he turned the first target into a 22-yard gain.
2013 Week 10 vs PIT (12 / 55 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 7 / 0 rec)
Where nearly every other player struggled on offense, Jackson led the Bills in both carries and rushing yards on Sunday. Jackson averaged a respectable 4.6 YPC, but the struggles and inconsistencies of the passing game meant limited opportunities for the RB. While Spiller may have been given the starting role, it was Jackson the Bills turned to for their lone trip into the red zone in the 1st half. Set up inside the Pittsburgh 10-yard line, Jackson's first carry came on a zone run. Despite being hit at the line of scrimmage, he was able to bounce off the attempted tackle and stumble his way to a six-yard gain. The Bills went right back to Jackson on the following play, but he was cut down one yard short of the end zone as he burst through the middle of the line. Jackson's long went for 11 yards and came on the final drive of the game. With the defense backed off, Jackson was able to find some space working right off the read-option. Gliding through the line, Jackson was reached the sideline and turned up field before finally getting bumped out of bounds at the Pittsburgh six-yard line. Jackson was targeted four times in the passing game and caught three passes, but with a long of only four yards. After losing his footing on his initial catch on a screen, Jackson was badly hung out to dry by his QB on consecutive throws just before halftime. No where to run on either catch, Jackson was led right into the defender on both throws with the latter ending with him being upended on a vicious shot to his legs.
2013 Week 11 vs NYJ (12 / 34 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Jackson lead the Bills in rushing Sunday, but like the rest of the rushing attack, it wasn't pretty. Jackson opened the game with consecutive carries for seven yards, but wasn't able to match that yardage output until the opening drive of the 2nd drive. Jackson's long of seven yards came on that first carry out of halftime and would be the first of three straight for the RB. Running right, Jackson made a nice cut in the backfield and found a rare crease in the New York defensive line. Quickly turning up field, Jackson was able to pick up seven yards on the carry. Two plays later disaster appeared to strike as Jackson took the handoff on a read option. Fighting through the line on an important 3rd down, Jackson took a shot to the outside of his left knee and was writhing in pain almost immediately. The tough-as-nails RB ultimately returned the following drive, but never rushed for more than two yards on any of his remaining carries. Rather surprisingly Jackson missed out on the two carries inside the New York five-yard line, but he was in the backfield on the second of those two carries. Jackson also caught both of his targets, but only amassed five total receiving yards with a long of six yards coming on a screen.
2013 Week 13 vs ATL (11 / 42 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 36 / 1 rec)
While Jackson lacked the explosive plays in the running game he more than made up for it with one absolute undressing in the passing game. The first play following an Atlanta fumble, Jackson took the screen pass and slowly worked his up the field as he angled towards the sideline. Desmond Trufant broke off his coverage and angled with the RB. With the slightest of hesitations Jackson planted and cut back inside and up field with one fluid yet vicious movement. Unprepared for Jackson's explosion and overcommitted to his angle, Trufant flailed but didn't even come close to laying a finger on Jackson. With the rookie in his wake, Jackson waltzed into the end zone untouched on the 21-yard TD catch. Maybe not as flashy, but Jackson also had a rushing TD on Sunday. Powering through the middle of the line the RB was stood up at the one-yard line, but continued to churn his legs and drive. With a little help from his offensive line, Jackson eventually powered through the pile and into the end zone for the four-yard TD. Jackson was caught all four of his targets in the passing game, including the aforementioned 21-yard TD and had a long of eight yards rushing the ball.
2013 Week 14 vs TB (5 / 12 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
Like Spiller, Jackson could get absolutely nothing going in the running game and was limited to just five carries as the Bills chased a deficit from the 2nd play of the game. Jackson's longest run was only four yards and he struggled to find much space as the Tampa defensive line dominated the trenches. Jackson's biggest contribution came in the passing game, as he was second on the team with four catches on seven targets including a long of 14 yards. Slipping out of the backfield on the first play of the 4th quarter, Jackson and Scott Chandler crossed with Jackson escaping uncovered, as he was able to turn up field on the short throw. Jackson appeared to miss a shot at a big play on the Bills final drive. The screen was set up quite well, with two hunting blockers in front of him, but Jackson wasn't able to hold onto the easy catch.
2013 Week 15 vs JAX (17 / 80 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Like the passing offense, Jackson and the rushing attack took some time to get going on Sunday. Jackson led the team in carries, but the split was nearly identical prior to Jackson getting three straight on the Bills final drive. After his first five runs were four yards or less, Jackson's sixth carry finally set the tone. Taking the carry through the middle of the line, Jackson was met on the other side by S Winston Guy. Jackson lowered his shoulder and powered through the initial shot, using a stiff arm to create some more separation and pick up seven more yards. Jackson continued to run through the Jaguar defense the following drive as he ran off the left guard and despite being met at the hole, spun off the initial attempted tackle and picked up nine yards. Jackson's longest run came two plays later as he again attacked the middle of the line after the run started right, but Jackson cut back against the flow of the play. Safety Chris Prosinski had backside help, but stood no chance as Jackson easily ran through his arm tackle and into open space. Taking advantage of an over committed collapsing defense, the veteran RB bounced the run wide and used a well-timed block from Stevie Johnson to pick up 19 yards. Jackson received two red zone carries on the game-winning drive and just missed a TD on the latter carry as he was tackled on the one-yard line after another smooth backside cut got him into space. Jackson also caught one pass on a designed swing, picking up eight yards on the play. Jackson briefly left the game with an apparent injury in the 3rd quarter, but he returned the following drive and showed no issues the rest of the way.
2013 Week 16 vs MIA (19 / 111 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Jackson's performance on Sunday was impressive, but especially so considering the veteran running back touched the ball 21 times despite the fact he was playing with broken ribs. Easily the most productive runner, 10 of Jackson's 21 touches were five yards or more, including a 9-yard TD run early in the 2nd quarter. Jackson took the hand off on the read-option and patiently worked parallel to line before cutting through a perfectly blocked hole untouched. Chris Clemons was waiting at the goal line, but stood no chance as Jackson easily ran through him into the end zone. Jackson exhibited his tremendous feet earlier in the game, taking the handoff inside the Bills five-yard and immediately was pressured well behind the line of scrimmage. The RB was slight in movement, but worked the defender with a thin juke and turned what should have been a loss into a five-yard gain. In the 2nd half the Bills were able to work 9 minutes off the clock with a 19-play drive and Jackson's fingerprints were all over the drive. The 32-year old RB carried the ball five times, four of which were six yards or more including a huge six-yard run on 3rd down to extend the drive. The following play Jackson was hit just beyond the line of scrimmage, but as he does so often absorbed the hit and drove the pile another three yards as he fell forward. Despite the consecutive carries, the Bills went right back to Jackson and he responded with a 13-yard run that took Buffalo inside the Miami 10-yard line. Jackson received one more carry on the drive, but was caught in a logjam with one of his linemen and couldn't get moving forward as he was dragged down just before reaching pay dirt. Jackson was also targeted twice on screens and turned both into catches for seven yards.
2013 Week 17 vs NE (14 / 60 / 1 rush, 6 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)
Jackson didn't have the carries Spiller did nor the consistent big plays, but man alive did he make Patriot defenders look every bit as bad on his six-yard TD run. Running right initially, Jackson cut backside and just like Spiller in the 1st half was met by a waiting Steve Gregory. Playing Medusa to Gregory's common Greek soldier, the Patriot safety was turned to stone by one slight head fake/outside lean from the veteran RB. Without even an attempt from Gregory, Jackson moved on to his next victim in DE Chandler Jones. Jones lunged at his feet, but Jackson was able to elevate above the attempt before meeting Dont'a Hightower in his final act at the goal line. Landing just before contact, Jackson blasted through the attempted tackle from the LB on his way to the end zone. One play, only six yards, but Jackson managed to show both his elusiveness and power on the TD run. Jackson's longest run went for 16 yards, but was more the result of tremendous blocking than much else. Taking the handoff on the read-option, Jackson found a gaping hole through the middle of the defense and wasn't touched until he was finally brought down in the Patriot secondary. Jackson also caught three balls, including a 37-yard catch and run that directly set up the aforementioned bloodbath, er, TD run. Matched up with a DE, Jackson easily got inside on the arrow route, was able to catch the pass in stride and run free down the middle of the field with no defenders even remotely close until he approached the red zone. Despite the reports of crack ribs in Week 16, Jackson showed no ill effects on Sunday.
2012 Week 1 vs NYJ (6 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jackson found no room to run early in the game against the Jets and the Bills quickly fell behind by 3 touchdowns. Early in the second quarter, Jackson finally found a crease in the defense and picked up 7 yards but he was brought down with an awkward tackle that resulted in what looked like a serious knee injury. He was able to walk around afterwards, but was taken to the locker room and initial tests indicated that he suffered an injury to his LCL that will likely keep him out for a month or longer. The Bills will have a tough time recovering from the loss of a team leader like this, but his backup C.J. Spiller looks ready to take on a bigger role.
2012 Week 4 vs NE (13 / 29 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)
Fred Jackson's health didn't appear to be an issue in the game. He came out of the blocks early as his offensive line gave him good holes to work through for gains of 10, five and three yards. It may have just been a coincidence, but once right guard Kraig Urbik left the game, the Bills' offensive line failed to get much of a push or create any gaps upfront. From then on Jackson was mostly fighting for any yardage he got, which wasn't much. Jackson remains a threat as a receiver and showed off his ability to line up as a receiver with a deep reception down the sideline against Jerod Mayo. He also made a nice one handed reception on a screen play to convert a third and long. Jackson fumbled the ball in the fourth quarter. Brandon Spikes hit him hard, but Jackson covered the football with his arms and shouldn't have lost it at this level.
2012 Week 5 vs SF (9 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Jackson didn't look himself during the first half. When holes opened, he looked a step slow and wasn't able to hit them with any kind of authority. It wasn't until the second half that Jackson started showing a little more power and speed in his runs, but the swarming defense of the 49ers kept him in check. Even when Buffalo tried to get him the ball in space with screen passes, the defense was relentless and Jackson wasn't able to break free. He did make a very good one handed catch on a screen pass, as Fitzpatrick delivered an inaccurate pass that forced Jackson to readjust.
2012 Week 6 vs ARI (16 / 53 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 30 / 0 rec)
Finally able to lose the knee brace that has hampered him for the past two weeks, Jackson's day could not have starter more disastrously. Taking the hand off on the first play from scrimmage, Jackson took a shot from Washington right on the ball and it squirted loose. Not hindered by the shaky start, Jackson was able to bounce back and show some lateral quickness and agility he hasn't shown since going down with the knee injury in week one. On the Bills' first TD drive, Jackson brought back memories of his 2011 running style. Like water working its way through a crack, Jackson pressed the closed hole before he glided to his left and stiff-armed two defenders on his way to a six-yard gain. Later, facing immediate pressure after taking the handoff, Jackson flashed consecutive jump cuts to turn a short loss into a four-yard gain. On the Bills' 2nd TD drive, it was a nice block from Jackson on the outside that allowed Smith to pick up 16 yards. No one benefited more than Jackson from that run, as he took the next play in for a TD. Jackson also caught five balls out of the backfield, including a screen that saw Wilson nearly take Jackson's head off. Fitzpatrick faked the hand off to Jackson before also faking to Graham on the end around. Wilson was not fooled and a high throw had Jackson extended and exposed to the hard-hitting safety. The play went for a loss, but Jackson was able to take the hard hit and continue to produce. Jackson only averaged three yards a carry, but was to able to consistently turn negative and no-gain plays into positive runs, helping to keep the offense in manageable distances and keep the defense off the field and fresh.
2012 Week 7 vs TEN (9 / 71 / 0 rush, 11 / 8 / 49 / 1 rec)
Just as Fitzpatrick was back to looking like his early 2011 self, the same can be said of Jackson. Finally healthy, Jackson looked damn good on Sunday, making quick cuts in the hole and consistently making the first guy miss to the tune of nearly eight yards a carry. On the Bills' opening drive, Jackson took the handoff on a draw and was immediately met at the line of scrimmage. Making one small cut, Jackson had the potential tackler off balance before he quickly spun to completely break free picking up eight yards after the initial contact. Later Jackson was again hit at the line of scrimmage by DT Sen'Derrick Marks, but used his mean stiff arm to break free and rumble for a 13-yard gain. Where Chris Johnson had seven runs of two yards or less, Jackson only had two carries that went less than five yards. Never one go down after first contact, Jackson was always falling (and occasionally leaping) forward to pick up extra yardage, which is critical to keeping the offense (namely Fitzpatrick) in manageable positions. Jackson was also huge in the passing game on Sunday, topping the team in both targets and catches with 11 and 8, respectively. Jackson's TD came on a screen from three yards out, perfectly sold by him as he sauntered into the end zone untouched. Part of the best RB tandem in the league, Jackson did his part on Sunday, amassing 120 yards of total offense, with a significant amount coming after contact.
2012 Week 9 vs HOU (6 / 21 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 14 / 0 rec)
Like Spiller, Jackson was really limited by the Bills' inability to sustain much offensively. Like Spiller too, Jackson had 11 touches, but lacking Spiller's explosion, he was held in check. Jackson's best run came on the Bills first scoring drive, a run that could easily be used to show later generations of why so many saw water through cracks when Jackson touched the ball. Taking the carry into what appeared to be a stacked line, Jackson used a slight cut to find the tiniest of creases in the line. Slipping through essentially unscathed, Texans' LBs appeared to be shocked to see Jackson coming through upright (and untouched). Jackson went 13 yards on the carry, his longest of the game (and season) when he truly should have been stopped at the line. However, the day was more frustrating than not, as Jackson was unable to get much else going. Jackson was often hit in the backfield, or promptly as he secured the catch (only picking up 14 yards on five catches). The ill-timed hiccups in the Bills' offense kept Jackson from getting into much rhythm, severely limiting his production.
2012 Week 10 vs NE (16 / 80 / 2 rush, 5 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
The offense was clicking on all cylinders on Sunday and Jackson was one of the main reasons why. Jackson set the tone early, catching a middle screen on his first official catch (after the one prior had been wiped out by a penalty) on 3rd and 15. Jackson slipped beneath the block and met first resistance six yards down field before two more Patriots collapsed on the RB. Jackson broke the initial tackle before dragging Jarod Mayo and safety Tavon Wilson four more yards to pick up the first down on his longest catch of the day. Not easy to top, Jackson did just that the following drive. Deep in Patriot territory, Jackson took the carry from the New England 14-yard line up the middle and hit the pile. Keeping his legs churning, Jackson fluidly spun off the crashing Mayo into open space before breaking one more tackle on his way into the end zone for his first of two TDs (and longest run of the day). Even Jackson's short runs showed some flash, including a vicious stiff arm that only went for one yard. Running off left tackle, Jackson bounced outside and safety Steve Gregory did a nice job stretching the play out, but not before Jackson planted a Gregory with the stiff arm. Jackson's 2nd TD was only a one-yard run, but featured a quick cut that easily beat crashing McCourty's attempt at a tackle. Despite facing one of the league's better rush defenses, Jackson averaged five yards a carry, leading the team with 16 carries. Jackson also delivered a spectacular block on the Bills' final TD drive, allowing Fitzpatrick the necessary time to hit Jones for the TD. Bringing an all out blitz, Jackson chopped the unblocked Brandon Spikes down. Jackson was also targeted five times, catching four, including the aforementioned 15-yard screen, for 35 yards. Jackson fumbled the ball twice, including losing a very costly one just short of the end zone. Jackson took the carry 12 yards inside the Patriot one-yard line, again carrying tacklers with him the final five yards, but had the ball popped out as he was falling to the ground. Jackson's 2nd fumble again came on an extreme effort play, as he tried to pick up the first down on the Bills' final drive. With one tackler on his back, Jackson took a devastating shot to his head from Spikes and it appeared Jackson lost consciousness as he collapsed to the ground, dropping the ball as well. Jackson needed help off the field and did not return. Clearly not the explosive playmaker Spiller is, there is no denying Jackson's worth to the team. When plays needed to be made on Sunday, the offense turned to Jackson and he often made them whilst carrying tacklers in the process.
2012 Week 12 vs IND (6 / 16 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Jackson returned after missing one game due to a concussion, but something was amiss and the team struggled because of it. Only getting six carries, Jackson appeared to be horribly out of rhythm and didn't find his groove (or involvement really) until the final drive. Jackson received back-to-back carries on the drive, including his best carry of the day for seven yards where he carried two tacklers an extra two yards before going down. No one is denying the need to get the majority of the carries to Spiller, but the progression should not flow to Fitzpatrick next. Jackson is the heart and soul of the team (anyone who denies just isn't watching) and while he lacks the huge play potential Spiller does, what he brings Spiller just cannot replicate. It was Jackson who took the team on his back, converting a 3rd and 15 early that kept the Bills from getting their doors blown off in New England two weeks ago. That same toughness was nowhere to be found on 3rd and one the following week in Miami as the Bills tried close out the Dolphins, having to punt the ball back when a first down would have closed the game out. The Bills offense, and more importantly the defense, needs sustained drives and only seven touches for Fred "the Grunt" Jackson is not nearly enough. There is room, and touches, for both backs, but the relegation on Sunday clearly impacted the offense negatively, especially preventing the establishment of any rhythm until it was too late.
2012 Week 13 vs JAX (25 / 109 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Jackson led the team in carries, with 25, surpassing the century mark with 109 yards (averaging 4.4 yards a carry). It is safe to assume this wasn't another changing of the guard for the Buffalo backfield, but more so the Bills looking to grind the remainder of the game away with a huge lead. Jackson didn't get significant work until the Bills' fourth drive, getting four consecutive touches and picking up 33 yards. On the final carry of the clump, Jackson literally ducked a clothesline from C.J. Mosley, slipping the tackle for the eight-yard gain. Jackson's long of 15 yards came on the first drive out of halftime, hitting the gaping hole up the middle and not feeling contact until he hit the second level. The Bills' eighth drive was entirely Jackson, as he six carries and caught a middle screen. The final carry of the six was a quintessential Jackson carry, and why he is so important to the offense. Hit almost immediately after taking the carry, Jackson leaked through the crowded hole with tacklers draped all over and picked up four yards when he had no business getting more than one yard. The final three drives were almost entirely Jackson, as he received nine carries on the Bills final ten plays, including his best run of the day. On 3rd and 10, Jackson cut the run outside, stiff-arming one tackler at the line. CB Mike Harris crashed down as Jackson reached the edge. As Harris attacked, Jackson laid the DB out with a vicious stiff arm, leaving Harris on his back and in his wake as he picked up a strong five yards. The run was insignificant to the final result, but one of those runs that had the Bills sideline going crazy despite the scoreboard. Jackson failed to find the end zone, but was the goal line back on Sunday, including getting one carry at the Jacksonville one-yard line. Jackson received three targets in the passing game, catching two for 10 yards, but wasn't needed to do anything more than that as the script called for clock killing.
2012 Week 14 vs STL (9 / 14 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 16 / 0 rec)
Magnified by Spiller's success, Jackson really struggled on Sunday before leaving late with what appeared to be a significant knee injury. Jackson only averaged 1.4 yards a carry, but all 14 yards came on one run early in the 4th quarter. Running right, Jackson smoothly cut back into gaping space for the 14-yard run. The lone bright spot in the running game, Jackson was often hit in the backfield (including once by his own teammate) and never had any space to run. Jackson received five targets in the passing game, catching all five, but only picked up 16 yards with a long of nine yards. Coming on an important 3rd down, Jackson ran out of the backfield and into the flat. Fitzpatrick put it on him, well short of the marker. Jackson was upended on the catch, but was able to stretch the ball out and pick up the first down as he crashed to the field. Along with his rushing struggles, Jackson had another (his 4th, a career high) costly red zone fumble in the first half. As he was headed to the ground on a tackle, the ball was popped out of his arms.
2011 Week 1 vs KC (20 / 112 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Much of last year, the offensive line did a poor job of opening holes for the running backs. They did a very solid job blocking for Jackson against the Chiefs. Fred Jackson is the rare running back who seems to look better every year. He can do it all. Good receiver, very shifty, excellent power. Jackson is a patient runner. He conserves his energy and doesn't seem to waste time dancing around, as Spiller sometimes does. At times, he actually pauses before exploding into the hole. The one area of concern for Jackson owners is the Brad Smith "wildcat" play. Smith came in on the goalline on one opportunity, though a penalty pushed it back 5 yards. But Jackson looked so good, that if this offense continues to give him this many opportunities, it's hard not to imagine him getting 10 td's this year. If he stays healthy, he could put up big numbers again.
2011 Week 2 vs OAK (15 / 117 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
If it wasn't already clear, Jackson further cemented his status as the featured RB on this team with a very impressive performance. The offensive line opened some nice holes for him and he took full advantage, averaging an impressive 7.8 yards per carry in the game. He showed off his speed and running ability on a 43-yard touchdown run he had early in the third quarter when he got to the second level untouched and then made a Raiders safety whiff in the open field before powering into the end zone. In addition to that big play, he also had a 34 yard run to the right in the second quarter and a 29 yard run to the left at the end of the third. The Raiders may have softened up their run defense a bit when they got the big lead, but the Bills did a great job of taking advantage of it. Apart from the big plays, Jackson was often kept in check with a lot of short gains but he almost always gained positive yardage and showed that he can be a capable goalline back with a 1-yard touchdown run at the start of the fourth quarter that gave the Bills their first lead of the game. While he wasn't a big factor in the passing game, Jackson did line up as a receiver occasionally and managed to catch both balls thrown his way in addition to holding up well in pass protection. In short, he looked like a feature back who did just about everything asked of him.
2011 Week 3 vs NE (12 / 74 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 87 / 0 rec)
Jackson entered the game as the NFL's leading rusher after the first two weeks of the season, despite only getting 35 attempts in those games. He did not get a heavy workload again this week as he ran the ball just 12 times and caught 5 passes, but he made the most of those touches. Jackson finished the game with 161 yards from scrimmage and looked like one of the best players on the field. With the Bills playing from behind for much of the game in a spread offense, Jackson often found plenty of room to run and gouged the Patriots for over 6 yards per carry. He also helped seal the game late in the fourth quarter when he caught a 38-yard pass and was tripped up at the goalline. It was initially ruled a touchdown but the play was overturned on replay and that gave the Bills an opportunity to run down the clock and kick a field goal as time expired.
2011 Week 4 vs CIN (17 / 66 / 1 rush, 8 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)
It was another typical workman like performance from Fred Jackson this week, although he wasn't quite as effective running the ball as he had been. He finished with 66 yards on 17 carries for an average of just 3.9 yards per attempt, and 21 of those yards came on one play. Jackson did pick up a 2-yard touchdown in the game, however, as he walked in untouched following some great blocking from the offensive line and fullback. Jackson was also one of the most targeted Bills players in the passing game as they threw in his direction 8 times. He only caught 5 of them for 32 yards and did not break off any big gains against a tough Bengals defense. Jackson continues to run very hard and gain tough yards after contact. He left the game briefly with what looked like an elbow injury but returned soon afterwards.
2011 Week 5 vs PHI (26 / 111 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 85 / 0 rec)
Jackson continued his stretch of impressive play as he lit up the Eagles defense for nearly 200 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. The Eagles came into the game with one of the league's worst run defenses, and it quickly became apparent why as they missed tackle after tackle. The Bills offensive line took control of the game early as Jackson piled up 117 yards from scrimmage on 17 times in the first half alone. He scored the first touchdown of the game on a 5-yard run where he made a great read and cut back to the left after the defense loaded up to his right. To get a sense of how determined the Bills were to run the ball in this game, Jackson carried the ball on the first five plays and then scored a touchdown on the 7th snap. On the very next drive, he also showed off his speed when he caught a short screen pass and exploded for a 49-yard gain. In the second half, Jackson added a couple more big plays early but then slowed down as the Bills went to a more conservative approach and the Eagles started really loading up against the run. Jackson was clearly a huge part of the Bills game plan this week, which they executed well. He did all that was asked of him, took advantage of some good blocking and poor tackling, and helped the Bills control the time of possession in the game.
2011 Week 6 vs NYG (16 / 121 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
The MVP-type season for Jackson continues as he once again put up big numbers and gave his team a chance to win at the end. Jackson got off to a great start in the game when he broke loose for an 80-yard touchdown run on the second drive of the game. The blocking up front was perfect and opened up a huge hole that got him into open space with only a safety to beat. He juked the safety out of his way and showed impressive speed to outrun the corners all the way to the end zone. Although he didn't break any other big gains in the game, he did pick up 4 yards or more on about half of his carries so he was doing enough to keep the chains moving and giving the Bills plenty of favorable down and distance situations. Jackson also was very effective operating out of screens once again and finished tied for the team lead in receptions with 5.
2011 Week 8 vs WAS (26 / 120 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 74 / 0 rec)
The incredible season of Fred Jackson continued with another dominating performance this week. He did not get into the end zone but still managed to torch the Redskins defense for nearly 200 yards from scrimmage. The Redskins were able to keep him in check for a little while until Jackson and the Bills beat the blitz with a 46-yard catch and run that allowed them to get into field goal range at the end of the first half. Then, on the first play of the second half, Jackson found a huge hole to run through and sprinted downfield for a 43-yard gain. The Bills kept him in the game until the end, but he did enough early on to put this one out of reach.
2011 Week 9 vs NYJ (18 / 82 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
The one area of the Bills offense that was effective against the Jets was Jackson and the running game, but the Bills didn't stick with it as much as they should have. Jackson finished with an impressive average of 4.6 yards per carry on 18 rushing attempts. Most of his success came on runs to the outside as the Jets generally did a good job of plugging up holes in the middle. With the Bills playing from behind for most of the game, Jackson also saw quite a bit of time lined out wide and finished as the most-targeted receiver in the game with 8, although he only managed to bring in 3 of them for 38 yards. One negative regarding his performance this week is he lost his first fumble of the year when he was hit hard on a run between the tackles and briefly left the game with an injury.
2011 Week 10 vs DAL (13 / 114 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 1 / 0 rec)
Despite the lopsided score, Fred Jackson had another quality outing this week. He piled up over 100 yards on the ground on just 13 carries thanks to some very good blocking up front. Unfortunately, the Bills were trailing by 21 points early in the 2nd quarter and they pretty much had to abandon the running game. Jackson picked up some big gains in the second half when the Cowboys defense was dropping deep to protect against the pass. Jackson was active as a receiver on screen plays in the first half but the Cowboys defended them perfectly and held him to little or no gain on every catch.
2011 Week 11 vs MIA (7 / 17 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
Jackson looked like he was headed for a huge game early on as he touched the ball on 6 straight snaps and gained over 50 yards from scrimmage on the first drive. For some reason, however, the Bills went away from him on the next drive and wound up going 3 and out. Eventually they fell behind enough that they abandoned the run and also seemed to stop using Jackson in the passing game. As a result, he finished with his lightest workload of the season and was forced to leave the game in the second half with a calf injury. The injury isn't expected to be serious but it could limit his explosiveness. Unfortunately, the problems on the offensive line or on defense don't figure to get better anytime soon so Jackson could be headed for a rough finish after an incredible first half.
2010 Week 1 vs MIA (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jackson got the start and didn't seem to have any problems with the hand he broke in August, but it is clear that he will be sharing time all year, which means a repeat of his 1,000 yard season is unlikely. His best run game out of the shotgun and he also shared the backfield with CJ Spiller or Marshawn Lynch at times. He did get a wildcat snap, but the nice run he had was called back by penalty.
2010 Week 2 vs GB (9 / 39 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jackson continues to be one of the more underrated players in the league because of the uniform he wears. He was making subtle, savvy moves to maximize his production and his resourceful style seems to fit an offense that never creates momentum. Jackson was very patient on his runs, making sharp cuts to get through creases and finding the outside lane to get to the pylon for his touchdown run. He did have one drop as a receiver out of the backfield, but he should maintain flex/bench value going forward.
2010 Week 3 vs NE (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jackson, the most versatile of the Bills running backs, was sprinkled in the game plan, but never had much in the way of opportunity to create any big plays. This running game looks like a work in progress as the Bills try to figure out how to use their talented trio of backs.
2010 Week 4 vs NYJ (3 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jackson was barely on the field and for the few carries he had, was unable to generate much success aside from one long gain. As with all three running backs, as the Bills fell immediately behind, the run game was forgotten.
2010 Week 5 vs JAX (12 / 73 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -7 / 0 rec)
Fred Jackson really was the engine for this offense and took a lot of pressure off the passing game. Jackson had explosive run after explosive run and kept this offense on the field. Jackson is a very intelligent inside runner who sees the entire field and never misses the hole in the defense. He has no qualms about running between the tackles and does not bounce many things outside in times of trouble. On one particular big gain he had the presence of mind to change the arm that was carrying the ball and is just a testament to his overall veteran experience. Fitzpatrick and the passing game need Jackson to get going and his running threat sets up the offense nicely. His gouging inside runs was a thorn in Jacksonville's defense all day.
2010 Week 7 vs BAL (23 / 73 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Buffalo had the lead for most of the game and was able to feed Jackson the ball, despite his lack of production on the ground save for one or two big runs early on. Jackson has a tough slashing inside running style that suits plays up the middle and this is where he got most of his yards on the ground. He is very explosive once he can get to the second level of a defense, and never picks the wrong hole to attack on a play which is a testament to his amazing vision of the field. Jackson can turn many broken plays that look like they would result in negative plays into positive ones. Baltimore never lost contain on him though, and in clutch situations like redzone or in catch up mode, they had to rely on the passing game and Jackson became a bystander in the offense.
2010 Week 8 vs KC (20 / 64 / 0 rush, 8 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
After getting bottled up in the first half, Jackson started wearing down the Chiefs defense in the 2nd half and overtime. Jackson clearly doesn't have the speed of his backup, Spiller, but he fought hard for every yard that he got. While his ypc was low, he just rarely had holes to run through. On the opening drive of the 3rd quarter, Jackson had a couple big runs that ultimately led to an important field goal for the Bills. But until the Bills can block better, Jackson will continue to have a hard time getting yards and td's.
2010 Week 9 vs CHI (8 / 16 / 1 rush, 7 / 5 / 20 / 0 rec)
Despite rushing for just 16 yards, Jackson managed to run for a touchdown and catch five passes for 20 yards. With the Bill's apparent desire to pass the ball more and more with each passing week, Jackson's value only exists as a bye-week or favorable matchup wild-card-flier in deep, PPR leagues.
2010 Week 10 vs DET (25 / 133 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 37 / 1 rec)
Jackson had his best performance of the year by far, even though he fumbled early and was also stuffed on a fourth and inches attempt. His subtle moves to elude and break tackles and textbook body lean and footwork continuously created extra yards as Jackson was the centerpiece of the offense once the Bills got ahead. He showed a nose for the end zone on both his TD and the run that set up the TD, not to mention strength making Julian Peterson look feeble on his shovel pass TD. The Lions were holding up well against Jackson early, but his stiff-arm, superior vision, and determination wore them down. Jackson's big run to open the second half set the tone for the rest of the game, and his fight on every touch typified a Bills team that had played much better than their record coming into this game. The Bills called lots of designed passes to Jackson and judging by the results, he'll get his number called in the passing game a lot down the stretch. With Spiller out indefinitely, Jackson is bona fide RB2.
2010 Week 11 vs CIN (21 / 116 / 2 rush, 5 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
Jackson doesn't seem very fast, and he doesn't seem like he has a wide array of moves, but he's just incredibly hard to bring down. In the first quarter, he delivered a vicious hit at the end of a run that knocked Roy Williams out of the game. He fights for every yard, and then as he showed on his 30 yard TD run at the end of the 4th quarter, he can blow past the defense with surprising speed. Jackson doesn't have a great Oline in front of him, so he gets a lot of carries in which he finds himself running into the defense as soon as he gets the ball. But when he does get space, he makes the most of it on every play, as he showed against Cincy. He made a number of quick, decisive cuts and then he gets north and south in a hurry. After a rough start to the season, Jackson is benefiting from the improved production from the passing game and starting to become a very valuable RB for fantasy owners as the season winds down.
2010 Week 12 vs PIT (12 / 59 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 104 / 1 rec)
Why did Buffalo use a top-10 pick on CJ Spiller again when they had a guy at the same position who would cost them about 1/10th the money? Jackson showed that he's got the skill set to be "matchup-proof" in this game. A typical running back (or an exceptional one in an offensive scheme that refuses to highlight his assets) can be rendered useless in a game against Pittsburgh - see: McFadden, Darren. However, the team of Chan Gailey's offense and Jackson's skills to catch the ball teamed up to scare the heck out of the Steelers in this game. The big play was the screen that Jackson caught on an otherwise innocent 3rd-and-10. Lined up in the slot, Jackson headed to the middle of the field, caught the ball slightly behind the line of scrimmage, and then took off up the middle of the field for a 65-yard TD. Another play that highlights his abilities and his intelligence was when he was in the slot again in overtime. Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons was man-to-man on Jackson but then left to blitz. Jackson ran a hot route straight upfield into the area vacated by Timmons for a 13-yard gain. The two plays that followed should have won the game for Buffalo as Jackson then ran for 13 yards to set up a play-action bomb that will be detailed in a later section.
2010 Week 13 vs MIN (11 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Fred Jackson, after being on an absolute tear as of late, had a down day as the Bills running attack simply could not get going. Jackson had a nice 12 yard run as he bounced it to the outside and showed good speed. Jackson was also involved in the screen game as Chan Gailey tried to offset the Vikings pass rush. Jackson didn't play poorly; it was simply the dominance of the Vikings defense that prevented them from establishing any semblance of a running game.
2010 Week 14 vs CLE (29 / 112 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Jackson had a very solid and steady day on the ground, giving the Bills consistent positive yardage all day long. He was finally able to break out for some nice gains on the final drive of the game. He took a handoff straight up the middle, and a shoestring tackle kept him from taking it the distance, as he was stopped for a 19 yard gain. Then, when it appeared he was stopped in the backfield, he floated to the side just a bit and then charged forward for ten yards, and the game-clinching first down. Jackson doesn't have elite speed, but he always seems to get the job done, is very smart in the running lanes that he chooses, and keeps his feet moving forward. As the weather turns nastier, the Bills are relying on Jackson more and more, as his 29 carries show.
2010 Week 15 vs MIA (15 / 36 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Miami has not allowed much in the rushing department the past month so you knew it would be tough sledding. Jackson has looked good most of the season and this week the Bills found what many other teams have discovered and this a Mike Nolan coached defense is awful tough to find room on the ground against. There weren't a lot of hole for Freddie this past weekend.
2010 Week 16 vs NE (13 / 81 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Buffalo got behind and had to move away from the run. Jackson was racking yards early on in this contest. Buffalo was terrible on offense and the turnovers by his other backfield teammates did not help things any either. Most backs are not going to rack up a lot of points against New England anyways but you would have liked to see a little more of him in this game.
2010 Week 17 vs NYJ (13 / 35 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Jackson had a rough time against the Jets defensive line and that, coupled with the team falling so far behind so quickly, certainly contributed to some lackluster numbers. As usual, Jackson ran hard but the offensive line just could create space for him on a regular basis. Also hurting him was the frequency with which the Bills offense turned the ball over; four interceptions and two lost fumbles will make it hard for a back, no matter how good, get enough snaps to make an impact. The Bills tried hard to give him enough snaps to get to 1,000 yards but against this Jets defense it wasn't happening.
2009 Week 1 vs NE (15 / 57 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 83 / 1 rec)
Jackson basically the engine of the offense. He ran very hard and strong for a back who isn't built for power. Jackson was patient and shifty in the open field, and he got a lot of yards after the catch on his receptions. Most of his yardage came in big chunks, and he scored on a screen pass in the red zone. Jackson will be a great start in PPR leagues until Marshawn Lynch returns, and he's probably closer to a 1A than a backup when Lynch is back.
2009 Week 2 vs TB (28 / 163 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 25 / 0 rec)
Nothing Jackson does wows you, but at the end of the game, the numbers are there. For an average sized back, Jackson ran with great power, often getting yards after contact and making subtle moves to let hits deflect off of him instead of stop him. His elusiveness was also based on those subtle moves, harnessing the defenders overaggressiveness, as opposed to the kind of breathtaking suddenness that makes other backs elusive. His conditioning let him really take advantage of a tired Bucs D in the fourth quarter, which included his longest run of the day. His footwork, leg drive, and burst from a standstill all helped him get additional yards all day, and he even showed a spin move. This offense is perfect for an efficient, savvy back like Jackson.
2009 Week 3 vs NO (18 / 71 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
Jackson did well considering how badly the offense was sputtering overall. He played the workhorse back role this game, but being behind for most of the game limited his opportunity for yards on the ground. He was shifty and looked close to breaking away a few times, in the end his longest run was of twelve yards. His 4.2 YPC average wasn't bad, but on a day where the passing game all but disappeared, more was needed from the ground game.
2009 Week 4 vs MIA (9 / 42 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Jackson was sneaky-good on his rushes, as he seems to find room even when there is no hole to run through. He got the red zone carries later in the game, but as the whole offense came up lame on this day, that didn't amount to much.
2009 Week 5 vs CLE (13 / 30 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Jackson fared even worse than Lynch. You could say he has mastered the art of the two yard gain. He was never in danger of breaking a long one.
2009 Week 6 vs NYJ (15 / 52 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jackson got punt return duties today in place of Roscoe Parrish, and he got a decent amount of touches because it was a close game, but the offensive line isn't opening very many holes, and Jackson is playing second fiddle to Marshawn Lynch right now. He is getting some of the same crafty yards after contact that he was during his prodigious stretch early in the season, but Jackson doesn't look explosive enough to have significant value in a time share.
2009 Week 7 vs CAR (5 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jackson has settled into a smaller role, getting an occasional series here and there, but no longer truly a 1A committee back. He did get a few goal to go carries that he did not turn into TDs. Jackson was tackled in the end zone for the Panthers safety, but the poor blocking was to blame, not the running back.
2009 Week 8 vs HOU (9 / 28 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jackson hasn't been the same since Marshawn Lynch returned from his suspension. In week 8, Jackson spelled Lynch on the games 3rd series. He showed good patience and vision, but continues to find very little running room behind the Bills O-line. In the 2nd quarter, Jackson lined up in the Bills version of the wildcat taking a couple of direct snaps for a short gain and a handoff to Lynch. He's worth a bench spot at best right now.
2009 Week 10 vs TEN (8 / 48 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Jackson displayed the same savvy running he has all year. He doesn't have an amazing initial burst or power, but he always seems to pick the right hole, and he makes subtle moves in the open field to get extra yards. He ran the wildcat in the first quarter and hit Lee Evans with a long pass for a TD, and he also broke some tackles when he kept the ball out of the formation. His value is greatly limited by playing in this offense and sharing with a more talented back, but Jackson could still have great value if something happens to Marshawn Lynch.
2009 Week 11 vs JAX (9 / 35 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
Jackson ended up resuming his first three weeks role of primary back in the offense after Marshawn Lynch left with a shoulder injury. He was not especially effective as a runner or a receiver, but as Jackson usually does, he was crafty in the open field and found ways to make subtle moves to an extra yard here and there. Jackson had a good gain on his wildcat carry, and he also had a TD called back by penalty. Jackson was more effective than Lynch, so even if Lynch has no lingering effects from his shoulder injury, Jackson could still earn more work going forward.
2009 Week 12 vs MIA (15 / 73 / 2 rush, 5 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
Jackson got the start and never looked back on his way to two scores and a lot of important plays to keep the Dolphins from pinning their ears back and going after Fitzpatrick on every down. He used his vision and agility to make the same subtle moves to find the hole at the line that he has been making for his whole career. Jackson ran with terrific determination, always getting a tough extra yard or two at the end of his touches, and he was also consistently making tacklers miss in the hole and in open field. Jackson helped release the buildup of pressure as a receiver out of the backfield, and he made a terrific one-handed snag in the red zone to set up one of his touchdowns. He even ran some wildcat in the red zone against the team that started the fad. Jackson should be the starter for the rest of the season. His value took a big leap on Sunday in dynasty and redraft leagues alike.
2009 Week 13 vs NYJ (13 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Jackson got the start over Marshawn Lynch but failed to make any noise carrying the rock. The versatile back just couldn't find any room, running for only 33 yards on the night. Jackson had limited carries in the red zone, but did get a direct snap where a pass went awry and he was forced to turn it into a run for no gain, settling for a FG instead. He did contribute in the pass game with some nice plays, but for the most part was held in check the entirety of the contest.
2009 Week 14 vs KC (20 / 99 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Jackson never looks spectacular getting the job done, but his numbers always surprise you at the end of the day. He gobbled up chunks of yards on cutback runs, getting yards after contact and finding yards when it looked like the play was stacked up. Jackson was a rugged runner after the catch, and he was patient picking through holes at the line of scrimmage on rushing plays. He made tacklers miss, and he also run through their weak arm tackles. His efficiency and effort are among the best of any RB in the league even though his tools are not. He has earned a big role for this team in 2010.
2009 Week 15 vs NE (15 / 80 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
The Bills continue to run their offense through Fred Jackson, who despite an ugly game filled with Buffalo penalties, pitched in with 19 touches for 112 yards of offense. Jackson had three opportunities inside the red zone on the Bills opening drive and had a TD called back due to a false start, stealing his lone scoring opportunity. While there is nothing overly fancy in his game, Jackson does everything well and is turning into a nice feature RB in his own right. He hit the hole hard today, protected the ball, and ran relentlessly, refusing to be wrestled down by initial contact, which is becoming a trademark of his. Jackson's ability to shake tackles, though unspectacular, keeps him on the field and heavily involved in the Buffalo offense.
2009 Week 16 vs ATL (13 / 39 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Jackson got the lion's share of the backfield touches, but save for a few production toss plays, he was held in check. Jackson did fight hard for every inch, bouncing off of contact and wriggling out of tackles to get an extra yard here and there, but that mentality also caused him to get held up for a gang-tackle fumble deep in the Bills end that was returned for a TD. Jackson has had better days this season and it doesn't look like he'll get to 1000 yards in his best season as a pro.
2009 Week 17 vs IND (33 / 212 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 1 rec)
The Bills came in wanting to get Jackson to 1000 yards, and they were successful. Jackson was patient, giving him sure footing on the snowy surface, and he turned plenty of toss plays into good gains with subtle moves and determination to break tackles. Jackson's vision and cutbacks were almost perfect, and he foiled would-be tacklers with both moves and will. Jackson's TD catch came on a perfect stop-start move in his route to freeze Gary Brackett. As the snow kept falling, Jackson's gains just got larger. He had one impressive 22-yard run in the second half, breaking at least three tackles and only going down when he stumbled in the snow. Jackson will enter the offseason as the starter at RB for the Bills.
2008 Week 1 vs SEA (10 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jackson came into the game in the first half, presumably to give Lynch a breather. In the second, he took over the rushing duties once the game was in hand. He did nothing spectacularly, but ran for at least three yards on all but one carry.
2008 Week 2 vs JAX (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 83 / 0 rec)
The Bills' backup running back led the team in receiving. He gained 33 yards on one pass but usually just tried to get a first down. He also carried six times for 17 yards. Buffalo doesn't miss much by replacing Lynch with Jackson, but when they are both on the field at the same time one of them will split out like a receiver.
2008 Week 3 vs OAK (5 / 24 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
After a big game a week ago, Jackson had a very quiet afternoon. He totaled just six touches, and was seen on the sideline holding his shoulder after a big hit early on in the third quarter. There was no immediate update on whether the injury will affect him going forward, but we'll keep you updated on anything.
2008 Week 4 vs STL (7 / 46 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)
Jackson continues to be a great role player, whether he spells Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, catches passes down field, or fills in for Roscoe Parrish returning punts. He also punched in a two point conversion on a short run up the middle but the play was flagged for illegal procedure. Lindell then kicked the extra point.
2008 Week 5 vs ARI (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Jackson was utilized mostly as an outlet receiver out of the backfield and showed good running after the catch skills to pick up additional yards.
2008 Week 7 vs SD (9 / 33 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Jackson saw nine carries to Marshawn Lynch's 19, and picked up yards at roughly the same 3.7 YPC rate. Where he truly excelled at was in blocking for Lynch, as he sprung the star halfback several times to pick up extra yardage. Jackson nearly scored a touchdown early on, but was taken down at the two yard line, a drive that eventually led to a Lee Evans touchdown. Interestingly, with the Bills leading the game and trying to run out the clock, it was Jackson and not Lynch who saw the touches. Jackson gained 12 yards on three carries on that drive.
2008 Week 8 vs MIA (10 / 41 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Jackson carried ten times for 41 yards but only caught one pass for one yard. Half his carries came in the Bills first drive, but they had to settle for a field goal when he was held out of the end zone on third and short.
2008 Week 9 vs NYJ (7 / 15 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Jackson was called upon to replace the ill Marshawn Lynch and like Marshawn, was able to find much success through the air. He grabbed three balls for 25 yards while chipping in an additional 15 yards on seven carries.
2008 Week 10 vs NE (4 / 14 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
While Jackson is usually the quickest player on the field he couldn't shake any Patriot defenders. His role was limited in this game because the offense was only on the field a little more than 22 minutes.
2008 Week 11 vs CLE (12 / 60 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jackson had pair of big runs late in the second quarter on runs of 19 and 17 yards as he made some nice cutbacks and hit the open hole, something that Lynch doesn't always do as well. He seemed to hit the hole quicker then Lynch and he had some really nice runs late in the first half. Jackson led the Bills in rushing at halftime with 48 yards on only six carries. He would get six more carries for 22 yards in the second half as the Jackson and RB Marshawn Lynch combined for almost 180 yards on the ground.
2008 Week 12 vs KC (9 / 56 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Jackson averaged just under six yards per carry and caught two passes for 14 yards. He continues to be a valuable member of this offense. He is the primary ball carrier in about one third of the Bills' running plays and is a solid receiver out of the backfield.
2008 Week 13 vs SF (5 / 8 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Jackson only gained eight yards on five carries although a 28 yard run in the first quarter was called back when rookie James Hardy's downfield block away from the play was ruled holding.
2008 Week 14 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jackson was active and played in the game but was not statistically involved in the offense.
2008 Week 15 vs NYJ (7 / 31 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 24 / 0 rec)
In the fourth quarter, Jackson appeared stopped on a red zone carry, but he kept fighting forward and got a little help from behind him, completing the run for an 11 yard touchdown. It was one of his best runs of the afternoon, as he took seven carries for 31 yards. Jackson also played a significant role in the Bills' passing game, finishing with the second highest receiving total of 24 yards. His catches were short dump off passes, and he caught all six of his targets.
2008 Week 16 vs DEN (10 / 43 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 70 / 0 rec)
Jackson proved once again to be a strong compliment to Marshawn Lynch. Jackson led the Bills in rushing with 43 yards on ten carries, but made the play of the game for Buffalo on the first play of the fourth quarter just after Denver had gone ahead 20-16. Jackson beat LB Jamie Winborn on a wheel route, and was finally tackled at the three yard line setting up a touchdown. Later in the quarter he closed out the Bills' scoring with an eight yard TD run.
2008 Week 17 vs NE (27 / 136 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jackson made a strong case for the team to spell Marshawn Lynch with him more often next year with 136 yards on 27 attempts on the ground and one reception for no yards.
2007 Week 12 vs JAX (5 / 18 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
The second year running back from Coe College served as the back up to Anthony Thomas. He showed a knack for catching the ball out of the backfield and gaining positive yardage, though most of his receptions came in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.
2007 Week 13 vs WAS (16 / 82 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec)
Jackson looked good in his first extensive NFL game action. He gained 151 total yards (82 rushing/69 receiving) and led the team in both rushing and receiving yards. He busted out a long rush of 22 yards and a game high 54 yard catch and run. He showed excellent burst and surprisingly good vision.
2007 Week 14 vs MIA (15 / 115 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Jackson shared the running load with Marshawn Lynch and had the best game of his rookie season. He ran 15 times for 115 yards. He had six runs of at least nine yards, including a 21 yard run that he nearly broke for a 43 yard touchdown on the final play of the first half. Jackson is now averaging nearly six yards per attempt this season and looks like he will be a nice complement to Lynch in the future. Like Lynch, Jackson runs hard and fights for extra yardage. Jackson also did a good job in pass protection, when called upon. Jackson caught one pass for six yards. He also dropped a screen pass.
2007 Week 15 vs CLE (7 / 16 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Jackson was a change of pace back, used to spell Lynch at times during the game. He was largely ineffective running the ball with seven carries for 16 yards. He did find a small niche in the passing game, specifically on play action, catching a total of three passes for 36 yards.
2007 Week 16 vs NYG (6 / 37 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jackson got into the game to give a Lynch a rest. He is a fast runner who can make quick cuts, although the field conditions were brutal. He still finished with 37 yards on six carries.
2007 Week 17 vs PHI (5 / 16 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 24 / 0 rec)
While his role is to spell Lynch, Jackson also led the Bills in receiving with six balls for 24 yards. His high number of targets underscores Buffalo's inability to get the ball to their wide receivers.