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  Patriots | New England likely to add at RB    Tue Jan 26, 12:06 AM

New England Patriots RB James White played 57 of the 83 offensive snaps in the AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Jan. 24, and RB Brandon Bolden played 16. RB Steven Jackson rounded things out with 11 snaps. The team will also get RB Dion Lewis (knee) back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2016, while RB LeGarrette Blount is an impending free agent. The team might face an offseason similar to 2011 when the selected a pair of backs in the NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Adding more weapons to the offense is a great idea. The team just wasn't the same after Lewis was lost for the season. Blount is okay, but he's a one-dimensional back who gets banged up. Lewis looked great in 2015 before getting hurt, but the Patriots need better options available and better competition in the backfield. Look for them to add a back in the draft or through a rich free agent class.

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  Patriots | LeGarrette Blount staying with Patriots?    Mon Jan 25, 04:50 PM

New England Patriots impending free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount could be on his way out of New England as he enters free agency this offseason. RB Dion Lewis (knee) will return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and RB James White filled in nicely for Lewis. The Patriots also have another big back on their roster in RB Steven Jackson, putting Blount's future with New England in limbo.

Footballguys view: We'd be shocked if Jackson was back with the Patriots next year. Blount works well with the Patriots when healthy. The team needs a power element to their rushing attack, and they may decide that Blount is the best way to go in 2016.

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  Patriots | Steven Jackson to play key role?    Tue Jan 19, 11:06 PM

New England Patriots RB Steven Jackson ran six times for a team-high 16 yards in last week's win over the Kansas City Chiefs, and now he'll face the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 24.

Footballguys view: We're not betting on Jackson doing much of anything against the Broncos on Sunday. The veteran back looks old and stiff carrying the ball, and going up against Denver is an incredibly tough matchup for a player who is no longer his old self.

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  Patriots | Steven Jackson leads backfield    Sun Jan 3, 07:23 PM

New England Patriots RB Steven Jackson had 14 carries for 35 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 20 yards in a 20-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 17.

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  Patriots | Steven Jackson likely to be active    Sun Dec 27, 11:06 AM

New England Patriots RB Steven Jackson is expected to be active for Week 16's game against the New York Jets, according to a source. He could have a key role in the offense, filling a role similar to the one which had been by occupied by LeGarrette Blount (hip) earlier in the season.

Footballguys view: The Jets are still a terrible matchup for running backs who do their work between the tackles, so pass on Jackson as a running back desperation play this week.

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  Patriots | New England RBs set for a small workload?    Thu Dec 24, 08:15 AM

The New England Patriots ran the ball just nine times during their Week 7 game against the New York Jets, and a similar game plan is likely for their Week 16 meeting, in the opinion of WEEI.com's Christopher Price. RBs James White, Brandon Bolden, Joey Iosefa and Steven Jackson project to have a tough task this week, as New England has averaged 18 carries for just 62 yards over the past five games against the Jets.

Footballguys view: The Jets are vulnerable in the middle of the field, so expect a lot of routes in that direction. They're also tough on the run (most of the time) so not running makes sense. White is likely the best bet from the backfield as he catches the ball and has shown production that way in previous games. Consider him a high-end RB3, or an RB1 in PPR leagues.

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  Patriots | Steven Jackson has familiarity with OC    Thu Dec 24, 08:09 AM

New England Patriots RB Steven Jackson played under offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in 2011 when McDaniels was the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, and head coach Bill Belichick hinted the experience would help Jackson learn the offense as fast as possible.

Footballguys view: You can't count on Jackson in the fantasy finals and we think it will be several weeks before Jackson is any kind of factor.

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  Patriots | Steven Jackson joining Patriots    Mon Dec 21, 11:06 AM

Free-agent RB Steven Jackson (Falcons) will sign a one-year deal with the New England Patriots Monday, Dec. 21, according to sources.

Footballguys view: This move was anticipated after the two sides showed mutual interest last week. Jackson may not be the player he once was, but he's going to have fresh legs for what the Patriots hope is a deep postseason run. With James White serving as the change-of-pace back, we could see Jackson take over as the lead ball-carrier for the Patriots. We're intrigued by this move, but we're not rushing out to add Jackson to fantasy lineups in Week 16 (championship week).

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  Patriots | Steven Jackson visiting Patriots    Wed Dec 16, 09:58 AM

Free-agent RB Steven Jackson (Falcons) is meeting with the New England Patriots Wednesday, Dec. 16, and there is mutual interest, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Jackson might still be a more effective inside runner than Brandon Bolden, but he won't have fantasy value. He could help a lot in a playoff run and we're happy to know the long-suffering stud might have a real shot at a ring.

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  Cowboys | Steven Jackson want to go to Dallas    Thu Jul 30, 08:15 PM

Free-agent RB Steven Jackson (Falcons) posted his desire to join the Dallas Cowboys on Twitter Thursday, July 30.

Footballguys view: Of course Jackson wants to go to Dallas! The Cowboys offensive line will be able to make most any back fantasy relevant. At this time, Joseph Randle is set to be the starting running back.

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  NFL | Steven Jackson wants to play for winner    Thu May 14, 10:51 PM

Free-agent RB Steven Jackson (Falcons) said he would like to keep playing but will only do so for a contender. 'I want to be part of a winning team because when I do hang up my cleats, I can see a lot of people holding that over my head when a lot of it was out of my control,' Jackson said.

Footballguys view: Jackson's fantasy value dwindled last year, but if a high-powered offense like New England or high-powered running game like Dallas brings him in, he could have fantasy relevance for one more year.

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  NFL | Steven Jackson plans to keep playing     Fri Feb 27, 12:38 AM

Free-agent RB Steven Jackson (Falcons) plans to continue playing, according to statement posted on his website.

Footballguys view: Jackson should be able to get a shot somewhere with a team looking for solid veteran depth. He's clearly not the same he used to be, and his time with the Falcons was fairly disappointing.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson to be cut    Thu Feb 26, 07:23 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson will reportedly be released Friday, Feb. 27.

Footballguys view: This move has been anticipated for some time. Jackson's not the same player he used to be, and signing him has been a disappointing move for the Falcons. This move will clear $3.75 million in cap space for the team. Jackson still believes that he's got 1,000-yard seasons left in his legs. His recent play says otherwise.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson could be leaving    Tue Feb 10, 04:35 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson is expected to be on his way out of Atlanta with a new coaching staff and a new zone-blocking running scheme on the way under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. RBs Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers would take over backfield duties if Jackson were to leave, assuming Rodgers is retained.

Footballguys view: We can't imagine Jackson having much left in the tank. The Falcons may decide to move on with younger/quicker/faster options. If they let Jackson go, the Falcons could show interest in a running back during the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson inactive    Sun Dec 28, 03:35 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) is inactive for Week 17 versus the Carolina Panthers.

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  Falcons | Week 17 Inactives    Sun Dec 28, 03:24 PM

The Atlanta Falcons have declared CB Charles Godfrey, OT Jonathan Scott, CB Ricardo Allen, QB Sean Renfree, DL Stansly Maponga, RB Steven Jackson, LB Tyler Starr inactive for Week 17.

Footballguys view: Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman will have a chance to get more work with the NFC South title up for grabs in Atlanta.

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  Falcons | Devonta Freeman to see work    Sun Dec 28, 09:24 AM

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is likely to see a decent workload Sunday, Dec. 28, with RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) likely out for Week 17.

Footballguys view: Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers are both solid daily fantasy plays this week with their reduced price tags, but the Panthers front seven is still very tough to run on.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson unlikely to play    Sun Dec 28, 09:23 AM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) is unlikely to play Sunday, Dec. 28.

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  Falcons | More reps for Devonta Freeman, Jacquizz Rodgers    Fri Dec 26, 05:08 PM

Atlanta Falcons RBs Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers are expected to see more repetitions in Week 17 against the Carolina Panthers with RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) unlikely to play. However, head coach Mike Smith hasn't officially ruled Jackson out yet. The team is anxious, though, to see how Freeman will perform with more touches. RB Jerome Smith, who was promoted from the practice squad this week, will be active against the Panthers.

Footballguys view: Freeman has more upside in what the heck flex Week 17 plays and daily league bargain plays, but Rodgers will certainly get his share of work against the tough Panthers front seven.

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   Falcons | Steven Jackson questionable    Fri Dec 26, 12:50 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) will be listed as questionable for the team's Week 17 game.

Footballguys view: There haven't been any strong signs that Jackson will play this week, and he has tended to be a slow healer later in his career. Look for Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman to split the work in the Falcons backfield Sunday.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson sits    Thu Dec 25, 02:04 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 25.

Footballguys view: Jackson may not be available this week...or he may be limited against the Panthers. We could see rookie Devonta Freeman get a larger role now that Jackson's quad has slowed him down.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson expected to sit    Wed Dec 24, 09:48 PM

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) is now expected to sit in Week 17 against the Carolina Panthers.

Footballguys view: This means we could see more from Devonta Freeman. Keep this in mind if you're playing the daily fantasy games, as Freeman is a cheap option at running back.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson sits    Wed Dec 24, 11:29 AM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 24.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson undergoes MRI    Mon Dec 22, 02:53 PM

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) is believed to have underwent an MRI to determine the severity of his injury.

Footballguys view: With a win, they're in the playoffs. The Falcons have a huge game against the Panthers in Week 17. The initial reports are that the injury is not serious, so expect to see Jackson in the lineup.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson should play    Mon Dec 22, 09:23 AM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) is expected to be ready for Week 17.

Footballguys view: It's a big game for the Falcons this week. Their Week 17 game against the Panthers will determine who wins the NFC South--and who advances to the postseason. With Jackson a bit banged up, we could see more playing time for guys like Jacquizz Rodgers or rookie Devonta Freeman.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson out for game    Sun Dec 21, 02:50 PM

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) has been ruled out for the rest of the team's Week 16 game because of his quadriceps injury.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson leaves with injury    Sun Dec 21, 02:14 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) suffered a quadriceps injury in Week 16 and is considered questionable to return.

Footballguys view: Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers will get the backfield work. Jackson had been healthy for the first 14 weeks before this injury.

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  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.

Footballguys 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.

Footballguys 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.

Footballguys 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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  Falcons | Steven Jackson has best game of year    Sun Nov 9, 05:43 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson carried 16 times for a season-high 81 yards and a touchdown in the Week 10 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also added two receptions for 14 yards.

Footballguys view: When the Falcons are competitive, Jackson is a low-end RB2 with a low ceiling, but high floor for voiume. You could do worse than playing Jackson against the Panthers next week.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson ready to go    Sat Sep 6, 02:19 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) will be healthy going into Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said Jackson is in good shape, has looked fast and has fresh legs.

Footballguys view: We could see Jackson having a limited amount of carries with two high-powered passing offenses taking the field. He'll do pretty well with what he gets but the limited carries means he gets stuck as a RB3, though at least he is a very reliable back.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson healthy    Thu Sep 4, 08:29 AM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) did not appear on the team's Week 1 injury report.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson to play?    Thu Aug 28, 04:58 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) could play a few snaps tonight to test out his injured hamstring, according to ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.

Footballguys view: The Falcons probably want to get him a few snaps to warm up for the season. We've got Jackson as a RB3 right now, though he has upside. We're concerned with his offense line in the wake of the injury to Sam Baker, as they lack a legitimate right tackle and of course, age is a concern with Jackson. He's got some fuel left in the tank, but not enough to risk a really high pick on.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson could play    Mon Aug 25, 04:21 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) could receive some playing time in the final preseason game, according to head coach Mike Smith.

Footballguys view: Jackson could play, but how effective can he be? His best days are far behind him, and fantasy owners need to look at rookie Devonta Freeman. We could see Freeman take over in the backfield at some point this season if Jackson gets banged up (again) or just doesn't look good. Jackson is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson practicing    Mon Aug 25, 03:06 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is participating in practice Monday, Aug. 25.

Footballguys view: Jackson is near the end of his career. Fantasy owners should not be relying on him to contribute much this year. The Falcons defense is terrible, so the offense will have to play in many a shootout. We're expecting rookie RB Devonta Freeman to break out at some point this season.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson remains out    Thu Aug 21, 11:43 AM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.

Footballguys view: Jackson had been able to stay healthy until he missed a single game last year. At 31, you start to be a bit concerned about bumps and bruises on a back, as they tend to linger. Reports are that he should be practicing again shortly and is on track for Week 1, so we don't expect him to drop below the low-end RB3 he's currently rated at.

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  Falcons | Two more don't practice    Tue Aug 19, 07:36 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) and OT Gabe Carimi (ankle) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson not practicing    Tue Aug 19, 01:29 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is not participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Footballguys view: Jackson has been out of action this summer, and there's no guarantee he'll play many games this year, but when he starts for the Falcons he'll have RB2 value in that week. He still has value as a bench RB or lead back in a RB2BC in the seventh or later.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson working on side    Thu Aug 14, 11:14 AM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is working on a side field during practice Thursday, Aug. 14. Jackson is working with the training staff and is taking part in agility drills.

Footballguys view: It's a good sign that he is doing anything at all with this much time until the season begins. Jackson might be a good bet to miss time at some point this year, but he'll get the goal line touches in an offense that should produce a lot of scores. He's still a fine pick if he makes it to the late 7th.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson sitting    Wed Aug 13, 09:25 AM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is out of practice Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Footballguys view: Jackson is not the same player he used to be, and we could (should) see a changing of the guard in Atlanta. Rookie Devonta Freeman is a favorite of ours. He can explode out of his cuts, and he has the balance to keep his feet after contact. We could see Freeman play a larger role on offense than some think.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson works on the side    Mon Aug 11, 10:22 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) did some agility drills on the side during practice Monday, Aug. 11.

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  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.

Footballguys 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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  Falcons | Devonta Freeman projected as back of the future    Fri Jun 27, 02:35 AM

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is projected as the three-down back of the future and may see some touches behind RB Steven Jackson. The battle for the third-down role will be between RB Antone Smith and RB Jacquizz Rodgers, whose special-teams impact might be reduced by the presence of WR/KR Devin Hester.

Footballguys view: An important note for fantasy owners here. Freeman has the ability to run between the tackles, but he stands out when he gets to space. He's a high-effort runner with moves and quickness in the open field. We love his lower body strength, and Freeman is a fun back to watch. Jackson's time with the Falcons is winding down, and Freeman could take over as the lead back as soon as next season.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson wants strong running game     Fri May 23, 11:42 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson said he wants to make sure the team has a top-10 running game this upcoming season.

Footballguys view: The Falcons would like that too. It's one of the reasons why they selected running back Devonta Freeman in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft. We could see Jackson, Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers become quite a potent trio for the Falcons in their RBBC. Jackson is the lead back, and he wants to bounce back from a disappointing 2013. He missed four games and finished as the 32nd ranked fantasy RB last year. If he stays healthy, Jackson could be a top-20 fantasy back in 2014.

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  Falcons | Mike Smith believes in Steven Jackson    Fri Mar 28, 02:08 PM

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is optimistic that RB Steven Jackson will bounce back from a disappointing 2013 season in which he played in only 12 games due to a hamstring injury and averaged a career-low 3.5 yards per carry. Jackson finished the year with six touchdowns in the final six games, however. Atlanta uses a committee at running back with Jackson and RBs Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith.

Footballguys view: The way Jackson finished the season should give fantasy owners some hope. Jackson's not the same player he used to be, but he's not washed up either.

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  Falcons | Several could be cap casualties    Fri Jan 17, 10:59 PM

The Atlanta Falcons could consider releasing CB Asante Samuel, FS Thomas DeCoud, RB Steven Jackson, LB Stephen Nicholas and DE Osi Umenyiora this offseason to create some salary cap space.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson fined    Thu Dec 19, 10:18 AM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson was fined $7,875 for a facemask penalty in Week 15.

Footballguys view: Unusual to see an offensive player (much less a "skill player") fined but all's fair. We have Jackson ranked as a low-end RB3 or a solid RB4 this week against a tough San Francisco defense.

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