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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Jackson's weekly upside is still very limited, but he does get goal line carries, and the Falcons do have some winnable matchups coming back after the bye. If you have misgivings about your rest of season RB depth, Jackson can help despite being on his bye this week.

Week 9: bye week

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at NYG 13 37 1 6 5 37 0 0
6 vs CHI 6 25 0 2 0 0 0 0
7 at BAL 8 22 0 1 1 3 0 0
8 vs DET 18 60 1 0 0 0 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs CHI (6 / 25 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Atlanta's starting running back began the game with a huge crease through left guard on a trap for 14 yards, but this was by far his best opportunity of the game. He wasn't given the ball for the next two series and his sparing use as a part of a carousel of backs that Atlanta rotates on and off the field limited him to small gains. Jackson is a punishing runner who does well when he can get into the rhythm of the game, but the combination of Atlanta's scheming and Chicago's lead took the Falcons' run game away from its ideal script.

2014 Week 7 vs BAL (8 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

The Falcons runner was dropped for a loss on a play off guard when linebacker C.J. Mosely came off the edge to make the tackle in the backfield on the second play of the game. Jackson then earned moderate gains off guard in the first quarter - gains of 3-4 yards off guard on the left side. He was patient, persistent, and powerful with his carries during the game, but Atlanta continued to vary the running back personnel. The Falcons tried to feature Antone Smith with a few more looks normally reserved for Jackson, including runs between the tackles. By the half, Atlanta was down 20-0 and the ground game became an afterthought.

2014 Week 8 vs DET (18 / 60 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Atlanta earned good yardage from Jackson on runs up the middle, which has been the case all season. Jackson gained seven on a delay up the middle on the second play of the game and later made penetration miss in the backfield for four yards off left guard to get a first down on a second and short. He had a few good runs up the middle in the second quarter, including an eight-yard play up the middle to get inside the five and then a short gain for a touchdown where he was untouched. By the second half, Detroit got a feel for the Atlanta line and was more consistent at stuffing the run and pressuring the quarterback. This shortened Atlanta drives in the second half and Jackson was not much of a factor because Atlanta also varies its personnel in the backfield. Jackson's best play in the second half was a draw play for eight yards after breaking through two wraps from backfield penetration at the exchange point with less than four minutes left. Unfortunately, Atlanta could not sustain this drive and Detroit had enough time left to win the game. Jackson remains an iffy flex-play and it's based on matchup. If Nick Fairley wasn't hurt in the early second quarter, it's hard to say if Jackson would have been as successful in the red zone in the second quarter.


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