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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 20): The Falcons offense looks like a toxic waste dump right now. Jackson is the lead back in a four-way committee that is chained to an offense stuck in a ditch on the side of the road right now. He's not worth rostering in typical leagues.

Week 8: vs Detroit Lions

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. The Falcons' offensive line is in ruins as of Week 8 - Falcons C Peter Konz suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 7. Konz was placed on Reserve/Injured Monday, October 20 and is out for the year. Konz was the team's second-string center as starter Joe Hawley was lost for the year in Week 4. Now, they'll be turning to undrafted free agent James Stone as their starting center. It is no wonder that the running game is struggling with this patchwork line in front of the running backs - Atlanta is ranked 23rd in the NFL averaging 98.1 rushing yards per game, with six rushing scores to date. The Lions are #1 in the NFL in terms of total defense, averaging 290.3 yards allowed per game, and they are second in the NFL in terms of total points allowed, just one point behind Baltimore, at 105 given up by Detroit. Detroit ranks second in the NFL averaging 73.4 rushing yards allowed per game, with three rushing scores given out to date. New Orleans managed 23/71/0 rushing at Ford Field last week; Minnesota had 18/69/0 rushing two weeks ago. The Falcons' bevy of backs splits up the yardage pie extensively already, and against the Lions that pie is bound to be really small as discussed above - we'd avoid Steven Jackson and the others this weekend if possible.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at MIN 13 49 0 2 2 13 0 0
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 PROJ-Dodds 10 * * 1 * * *
8 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay 11 * * 1 * * *
8 vs DET PROJ-Bloom 7 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs NYG (13 / 37 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)

Jackson had one of his better days this year, accumulating 18 touches that included five receptions as Matt Ryan's preferred check-down option in the first half. Jackson exhibited patience and power as he has all year when Atlanta features him on interior runs. However, Atlanta also found a few ways to get Jackson yards on the perimeter this week when the offense employed a six-man offensive line and pulled multiple players across the formation. Jackson's touchdown was from a six-man offensive line alignment where tight end Levine Toilolo was the lead blocker who sealed the edge on the left side for an 11-yard touchdown. The Giants fumbled the kickoff and Jackson earned another strong run to get inside the New York five a couple of minutes later. However, Atlanta's hubris was foiled on the next play when the Falcons went to a jumbo, zero-receiver set and sent Jackson to the right edge against a still-fresh Giants defense and the opposition cut down Jackson for a loss. Jackson might have had more receptions this week if rookie left tackle Jake Matthews didn't struggle against Jason Pierre-Paul in the second half, which forced the Falcons to keep Jackson in the backfield to chip the defensive end. Although Jackson was a bigger part of the passing offense, partially due to Jacquizz Rodgers having a first-half fumble in the red zone, the Falcons continued to use all four backs on the depth chart.

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.


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