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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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Week 5: at New York Giants

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs NO 12 52 0 3 1 0 0 0
2 at CIN 11 46 0 1 1 7 0 0
3 vs TB 14 54 1 0 0 0 0 0
4 at MIN 13 49 0 2 2 13 0 0
5 at NYG PROJ-Dodds 13 * * 1 * * *
5 at NYG PROJ-Tremblay 12 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs CIN (11 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

The veteran's carries is a disturbing indication of the downside of a RBBC. The Falcons' runner had 11 carries and three of them were runs to right end behind a pulling left guard for minimal gains because of poor blocking and good gap filling by the Cincinnati defense. The third carry of this type came to start the second half after seeing that the offensive line's success with Jackson came on interior runs where Jackson could get downhill and maximize his speed and power. On these plays, Jackson like the best running back on the team, but inexplicably Atlanta ran the ball downhill with a majority of Jacquizz Rodgers' five carries. Jackson is displaying the skill to earn fantasy starter production, but he is not getting enough carries to warrant a consistent start

2014 Week 3 vs TB (14 / 54 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Falcons runner earned 14 carries in this game, which was closer to what some might expect for the big back if he hadn't injured his hamstring during the preseason. This workload was the highest total for Jackson in three games and it might point to the idea that Atlanta was easing Jackson into a larger role in September. Jackson ran hard, breaking tackles, and demonstrating burst when given downhill runs between the tackles. However, Atlanta's tackles are not the strength of their run blocking unit and the coaching staff has a habit of trying to get its bigger backs on the perimeter. There have been multiple games over the past three seasons where Atlanta has given the big backs as many perimeter runs as the small, quick runners and with poor outcomes. This was the case with Jackson this week. While Jackson did earn a nice gain around left end in the first quarter, he was laboring to reach that edge and there was a hitch in his gait that might indicate the hamstring is still bothering him. Jackson remained in the game until the early third quarter when the contest was well in hand, but he saw fewer carries in the second and third quarter after a heavier workload to being the game. Keep an eye on the hamstring. If the issue hasn't gotten worse, Jackson might see 14-18 touches on a more consistent basis if Atlanta was indeed easing the runner into a workload. At the same time, don't expect the old Ram earning his past bell-cow workload because Atlanta has maintained that the offense would have a committee of runners.

2014 Week 4 vs MIN (13 / 49 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Atlanta was more consistent with giving Jackson carries between the tackles and pointing the big back downhill this afternoon. After trying to pull a guard to the left side for a minimal gain, Atlanta went to Jackson with a downhill play to start the second series and he gained nine yards. Jackson then pushed off guard for another five yards, but the play after he was held to no gain on a counter play. Atlanta used four different backs during the first two series of the game and continued to go to a committee. When Jackson was in the game, he did a fine job of running through wraps and bouncing off hits. He came a half a yard shy of the goal line in the first half, which set up a play action pass to the wide open fullback for the score. Jackson had two runs to the outside in the second half - one off tackle for a first down despite penetration wrapping the runner at the ankles in the backfield and then a fourth-quarter attempt he bounced outside without success. It appears Atlanta's optimal game script for Jackson is 10-14 touches with most of them between the tackles.


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