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RB Steven Jackson - Atlanta Falcons

6-2, 233Born: 7-22-1983College: Oregon StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 24

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Summary

Steven Jackson arrived in Atlanta via free agency on March 14, 2013, signing a three-year contract with the Falcons. He'd had eight straight 1,000+ yards-rushing seasons prior to signing with the Falcons, but his 2013 campaign was derailed by a torn hamstring, suffered during Week two of the 2013 season - he didn't manage a single game of over 100 yards rushing the entire season, even once he finally returned to the field during Week eight of 2013. "Unfortunately, Steven was injured last year and we didn't really get a chance to see what he was capable of doing until the last four or five games," head coach Mike Smith said on March 28, 2014. Jackson ended 2013 with 156/542/6 rushing and 33/191/1 receiving over 12 appearances. Jackson will be 31 on July 22nd, 2013. It remains to be seen if Jackson can bounce back to his pre-injury form on the wrong side of 30 - the selection of running back DeVonta Freeman at 4.03 of the 2014 NFL Draft enhanced the depth at running back behind Jackson, and some observers view Freeman as a potential contributor in the Falcons' pass-heavy offense. The Falcons ranked 24th in the NFL in yards-per-carry last season, averaging 3.9 yards per carry - there is definitely room for improvement up front on the offensive line. The selection of OT Jake Matthews at 1.06 in the NFL Draft should help open up some better running lanes for Jackson during 2014, as should the arrival of veteran offensive linemen Gabe Carimi and Jon Asamoah via free agency. Unfortunately, Jackson suffered ANOTHER hamstring injury in practice on Monday, July 28 - this time it is to his other hamstring (not the same one he injured last year). The team is saying he'll be ready for week one of regular season, but we all remember how Jackson's last soft tissue injury worked out... (July 29)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 29, 11, 16, 21, 24, 25, 25, 25, 27, 27, 28, 30, 30, 31, 31, 32, 33, 33, 34, 34, 34, 36, 36, 36, 36
Overall Redraft - 68, 17, 48, 54, 59
RB Redraft PPR - 29, 15, 16, 21, 24, 24, 25, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 30, 31, 32, 32, 32, 32, 33, 34, 34, 36, 36, 37, 38
Overall Redraft PPR - 67, 20, 52, 52, 54
RB Dynasty - 46, 27, 40, 44, 45, 53, 70

Stats and Projections

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2011 STL 15 260 1145 5 58 42 333 1
2012 STL 16 257 1042 4 53 38 321 0
2013 ATL 12 156 542 6 49 33 191 1
2014 PROJ-Dodds 14 150 * * 29 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 14 160 * * 36 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 14 200 * * 27 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 167 * * 44 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 80
RB: 31
Overall-PPR: 97
RB-PPR: 36

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Latest News

Falcons | Steven Jackson to play? (Thu Aug 28, 04:58 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) could play a few snaps tonight to test out his injured hamstring, according to ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.

Our View: The Falcons probably want to get him a few snaps to warm up for the season. We've got Jackson as a RB3 right now, though he has upside. We're concerned with his offense line in the wake of the injury to Sam Baker, as they lack a legitimate right tackle and of course, age is a concern with Jackson. He's got some fuel left in the tank, but not enough to risk a really high pick on.
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Falcons | Steven Jackson could play (Mon Aug 25, 04:21 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) could receive some playing time in the final preseason game, according to head coach Mike Smith.

Our View: Jackson could play, but how effective can he be? His best days are far behind him, and fantasy owners need to look at rookie Devonta Freeman. We could see Freeman take over in the backfield at some point this season if Jackson gets banged up (again) or just doesn't look good. Jackson is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.
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Falcons | Steven Jackson practicing (Mon Aug 25, 03:06 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is participating in practice Monday, Aug. 25.

Our View: Jackson is near the end of his career. Fantasy owners should not be relying on him to contribute much this year. The Falcons defense is terrible, so the offense will have to play in many a shootout. We're expecting rookie RB Devonta Freeman to break out at some point this season.
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Falcons | Steven Jackson remains out (Thu Aug 21, 11:43 AM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.

Our View: Jackson had been able to stay healthy until he missed a single game last year. At 31, you start to be a bit concerned about bumps and bruises on a back, as they tend to linger. Reports are that he should be practicing again shortly and is on track for Week 1, so we don't expect him to drop below the low-end RB3 he's currently rated at.
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Falcons | Two more don't practice (Tue Aug 19, 07:36 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) and OT Gabe Carimi (ankle) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

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2@ Cincinnati Bengals
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4@ Minnesota Vikings
5@ New York Giants
6vs Chicago Bears
7@ Baltimore Ravens
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