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Steven Jackson | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/22/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 240
College: Oregon State
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Free agent Steven Jackson wants to continue his playing career, but only for a competitive team.
"I don't want to go to a team that is rebuilding and needs me to come on and teach guys how to be professional," Jackson said. "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 is "fully aware" he might not find a taker. S-Jax has yet to make a visit in free agency, and two months shy of his 32nd birthday, may have played his final down. May 14 - 4:16 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Free agent RB Steven Jackson has no plans to retire.

"Make no mistake: I can still punish a defense," Jackson said in a statement. "There are 1,000-yard seasons left in these legs." While speaking well of the Falcons, S-Jax intimated his 2013-14 struggles were due in part to the fact that he wasn't given enough opportunities to wear defenses down with big workloads. Jackson was actually one of the league's best backs after first contact in 2014, but his game has noticeably lacked juice for some time now. As a free agent, Jackson will try to match the $1.2 million guaranteed Maurice Jones-Drew got last spring.
Source: SJ39.com
Feb 26 - 9:42 PM

Falcons released RB Steven Jackson.

The move clears $3.75 million in cap space, and was a no-brainer based on Jackson's play the past two seasons. S-Jax averaged 4.23 yards per carry in nine years as a Ram, but saw that number dip to 3.60 in Atlanta. Constantly battling leg injuries, S-Jax was running on fumes from the moment he arrived in Atlanta. Going on 32 with 3,203 career touches to his name, it's quite possible Jackson's playing days are at an end. For now, Devonta Freeman is the new lead back in Atlanta, but he'll undoubtedly face competition in the form of a draft pick.
Feb 26 - 7:26 PM

A source tells ABC Atlanta's Zach Klein that Steven Jackson will be released on Friday.

Klein is not a typical Rotoworld source, but signs have been pointing toward S-Jax's release all offseason. The move would clear $3.75 million in cap space, and be completely justified based on Jackson's play in Atlanta the past two seasons. Jackson is one of the best runners of his generation, but is simply out of gas. He's averaged 3.60 yards per carry as a Falcon.
Feb 26 - 7:16 PM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure says Steven Jackson is likely to be released.

The Falcons can save $3.75M against the cap by cutting dead-legged Jackson, who turns 32 in July and is a poor fit for new OC Kyle Shanahan's zone scheme. He's averaged a pathetic 3.60 YPC since signing with Atlanta in 2013, scoring just 13 touchdowns in 27 games while often playing through soft-tissue strains. S-Jax will have to settle for a bottom-barrel short-yardage role if he wants to stay in the league. Meanwhile, the Falcons have a lot of work to do on their backfield as Shanny only has undersized Devonta Freeman as a feature back option right now.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 9:21 AM

The Falcons can save $3.75 million against the salary cap by releasing Steven Jackson.

Jackson is a questionable fit for new OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking system. He's also going to be 32 in July and entering the final year of his contract. Shanahan spoke glowingly about second-year RB Devonta Freeman at his introductory press conference and has worked wonders in the past with inexpensive running backs. Jackson is best-suited for a short-yardage role.
Feb 11 - 9:37 AM

Steven Jackson (quad) is inactive for Week 17 against the Panthers.

As expected. Julio Jones (oblique) is active in another non-surprise. Jacquizz Rodgers will get the start for the Falcons at running back, playing on passing downs and in high-pressure situations. Devonta Freeman is the better bet for early-down carries. Also inactive for the Falcons are QB Sean Renfree, C Charles Godfrey, CB Ricardo Allen, LB Tyler Starr, OT Jonathan Scott, and DE Stansly Maponga.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 03:07:00 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports Steven Jackson (quad) will not play Week 17 against the Panthers.

Julio Jones (quad) will play. None of this is a surprise. Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to get the start for the Falcons, and he and Devonta Freeman will split the snaps. Freeman is the better bet for fantasy production.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:54:00 AM

Steven Jackson (quad) is listed as questionable for Week 17 against the Panthers.

The Falcons try to be pretty secretive with their injury designations, but most signs point to Jackson missing the all-important finale vs. Carolina. Devonta Freeman is expected to get the bulk of the touches in the backfield with Jacquizz Rodgers mixing in as the change-up back. Freeman has some RB2/3 appeal.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 12:38:00 PM

Steven Jackson (quad) remained sidelined Thursday.

Jackson is expected to miss Sunday's NFC South title game. Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers will form a committee against the Panthers. We'd expect Freeman to be used more between the tackles, with Rodgers doing work in the passing game, though the duo will likely be utilized in similar fashion.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 02:50:00 PM

Steven Jackson (quad) is not expected to play in Sunday's Week 17 game against the Panthers.

At age 31, Jackson wasn't going to recover from a pulled quad muscle in seven days. So the Falcons will roll into their showdown for the NFC South with a committee of Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers at running back. Practice squad callup Jerome Smith will be the No. 3 back. Note that following S-Jax's injury last week, Rodgers played 25 snaps compared to 18 for Freeman. Quizz will handle more of the third-down work and pass game duties, while the rookie handles more base work. We far prefer Freeman as the plug-n-play -- he's more versatile and a better inside runner.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 06:07:00 PM

Steven Jackson (quad) is not practicing Wednesday.

There was some early-week optimism on Jackson, but darker clouds are forming now. The Falcons called up RB Jerome Smith from the practice squad Wednesday morning, giving them depth behind Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers. Given Jackson's age (31) and history of soft tissue injuries, we'll consider him very questionable for Sunday's showdown with the Panthers. If Jackson sits, Freeman and passing back Rodgers would form a committee. Freeman is the preferred add as he'd handle more base back duties.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Falcons coach Mike Smith declined to update Steven Jackson's (quad) status at Monday's presser.

Smith did say Jackson was undergoing testing on Monday. ESPN's Vaughn McClure has reported Jackson is tentatively expected to suit up for Sunday's winner-take-all finale against the Panthers, but considering Jackson's age and injury history, it's far from a sure thing. His status will be updated no later than Wednesday.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 02:56:00 PM

According to ESPN's Vaughn McClure, Steven Jackson (quad) should be back for the Week 17 game against the Panthers.

Jackson strained his quad during the second quarter of Sunday's win at New Orleans and didn't return. That allowed Devonta Freeman to get some extra touches, turning one of them into a 31-yard touchdown run and adding a 3-48-0 line as a receiver. The 31-year-old Jackson is averaging 3.72 YPC this season as the Falcons' feature back. If the Falcons beat the Panthers, they'll win the NFC South with a 7-9 record.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 08:58:00 AM

Steven Jackson exited Week 16 against the Saints with a quad injury.

Jackson's body language on the sideline did not look good, and he was ruled out for the game shortly after halftime. Devonta Freeman has entered the game at running back for the Falcons, and Jacquizz Rodgers should see some extra snaps as well. Jackson had four carries for nine yards before exiting.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 02:16:00 PM

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