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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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He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): The Panthers still tough front seven handled Jackson on Sunday, but with the caved in Browns run defense up this week, he could be a solid flex play. Don't bail on him yet.

General News (Fri Nov 21): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

General News (Thu Nov 20): did not practice on Thursday (due to illness).

Week 12: vs Cleveland Browns

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. For those not in touch with the NFC South race, Atlanta just pulled into first in that division due to a two-game winning streak, even though they sit at an uninspiring 4-6 this season (so are the Saints, who Atlanta defeated earlier in the year). Steven Jackson posted 17/41/0 rushing with 2/6/0 receiving at Carolina last week in his most recent so-so showing, while Devonta Freeman was second on the squad with 6/28/0 rushing at Carolina. For better or worse, the Falcons are feedinj Jackson a high-teens number of touches each week on a consistent basis. The Browns beat up the Bengals with their running backs two games ago, while holding the Bengals to 22/86/0, but they were trampled by the Texans' backups last Sunday (54/213/0 rushing) en route to a 23-7 loss. To date the Browns are ranked 30th in the NFL averaging 142.1 yards rushing allowed per game, with seven rushing scores given up to date. They took a big step back in this phase of the game last weekend. Two so-so units meet in this contest - we think the Falcons have a slight edge in this phase of the game.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs DET 18 60 1 0 0 0 0 0
10 at TB 16 81 1 2 2 14 0 0
11 at CAR 17 41 0 3 2 6 0 0
12 vs CLE 13 34 1 3 2 17 0 0
12 vs CLE PROJ-Dodds 15 * * 2 * * *
12 vs CLE PROJ-Tremblay 14 * * 2 * * *
12 vs CLE PROJ-Bloom 17 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs TB (16 / 81 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

The game script with the Atlanta running backs wasn't much different than it has during previous weeks. The real difference was the Buccaneers defense giving up early yards and points, which encouraged Atlanta to continue using Jackson throughout the first half. The veteran runner earn chunks of yards on downhill runs between the tackles from the I-formation, including gains of eight, six, and even 25 yards in the second half. Jackson also earned touchdown on a run to left end after Harry Douglas drew a pass interference penalty from his opponent on 3rd and goal in the first quarter. Jackson's production is a conservative indication of what he could do with a healthier offensive line against any team. However, the line isn't good enough to sustain a balanced passing game and this is why Jackson's 81-yard output--most of it coming in the first half--is his best effort of the season.

2014 Week 11 vs CAR (17 / 41 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

The Falcons' starter has done little to relinquish the role. He began the game with an excellent spin outside a run blitz off the edge to earn four yards and followed with another four-yard gain up the middle. Many of Jackson's best runs came on first downs, but Atlanta's passing game is so compressed due to the lack of time its offensive line affords the quarterback that opposing defenses rarely have much of a run-pass bind and it limits the efficiency of the ground attack.


Latest News

Falcons | Steven Jackson a full go (Fri Nov 21, 02:32 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (illness) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 21, and is probable for Week 12.

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Falcons | Steven Jackson out with illness (Thu Nov 20, 02:28 PM) - Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (illness) was out of practice with an illness Thursday, Nov. 20.

Our View: We'll see if he plays now, though it's a few days before the Falcons need to decide. At best he's a high-end RB3, so replacing him shouldn't be a hardship.
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Falcons | Steven Jackson sitting out (Thu Nov 20, 12:33 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.

Our View: Jackson has been barely productive this season. Despite that, he should be in the range of a low-end RB2 or a high-end RB3 this week, even against a tough Cleveland defense.
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Falcons | Devonta Freeman to step into bigger role (Mon Nov 17, 04:06 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is likely to step into a bigger backfield role with RB Antone Smith (leg) out for the rest of the season. RB Steven Jackson remains the starter, however.

Our View: Freeman has been seeing more action as of late. We love the rookie's natural talent, but as a part-time player behind Jackson there's not a lot of fantasy value there.
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