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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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Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) injured his hamstring Monday, July 28, which is why he wasn't practicing Tuesday, July 29. Head coach Mike Smith said Jackson will be ready for the team's first game.

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 - 28, 7, 14, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 26, 28, 28, 28, 28, 28, 31, 31, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36
Overall Redraft - 68, 20, 50, 52, 59, 60
RB Redraft PPR - 30, 7, 14, 21, 24, 25, 25, 26, 26, 28, 28, 28, 29, 29, 30, 30, 31, 32, 32, 34, 34, 35, 36
Overall Redraft PPR - 75, 20, 55
RB Dynasty - 48, 25, 41, 46, 54, 59, 66

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 14 170 * * 34 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 14 155 * * 35 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 200 * * 30 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 174 * * 43 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 71
RB: 30
Overall-PPR: 80
RB-PPR: 31

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Latest News

Falcons | Steven Jackson has hammy issue (Tue Jul 29, 06:16 PM) - Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) injured his hamstring Monday, July 28, which is why he wasn't practicing Tuesday, July 29. Head coach Mike Smith said Jackson will be ready for the team's first game.

Our View: Without Jackson on the practice field, guys like Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman will get more of an opportunity. We've seen what Rodgers is--decent receiver and change of pace back--but Freeman is the one to watch here. He is built low to the ground, has a powerful lower body and he's quick enough to get to the second level of the defense in the blink of an eye. See if he can take this opportunity and run with it.
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Falcons | Steven Jackson not practicing (Tue Jul 29, 04:20 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson was not at practice Tuesday, July 29. There was no indication of an injury, but stay tuned.

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2014 Schedule

1vs New Orleans Saints
2@ Cincinnati Bengals
3vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4@ Minnesota Vikings
5@ New York Giants
6vs Chicago Bears
7@ Baltimore Ravens
8vs Detroit Lions
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11@ Carolina Panthers
12vs Cleveland Browns
13vs Arizona Cardinals
14@ Green Bay Packers
15vs Pittsburgh Steelers
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Carolina Panthers