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Steven Jackson | Running Back

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/22/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 240
College: Oregon State
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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. Dec 26 - 12:38 PM

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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.
Dec 25 - 2:50 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.
Dec 24 - 6:07 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.
Dec 24 - 11:30 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.
Dec 22 - 2:56 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
Dec 22 - 8:58 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.
Dec 21 - 2:16 PM

Steven Jackson rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries in the Falcons' Week 15 loss to the Steelers.

He added one catch for 11 yards. Jackson has been running pretty decently lately, averaging 4.37 YPC over his last three games. He's also found the end zone four times the past seven games. Still, Jackson is mostly a low-upside, back-end RB2. He gets the Saints in Week 16. Jackson rushed for 52 yards and no scores on 12 carries against New Orleans in the season opener.
Dec 14 - 4:54 PM

Steven Jackson rushed for 50 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries in the Falcons' Week 14 loss to the Packers.

He caught both of his targets for an additional 26 yards. Jackson has been dominating the backfield touches in Atlanta for a good two months now. He pounded it in from four yards out on the Falcons' opening drive for his sixth touchdown of the season. Jackson doesn't have a ton of juice left in his legs, but he still gets the job done. He's at least still chugging along at a better clip than other senior-citizen runners Frank Gore and Maurice Jones-Drew. Jackson will be on the RB2/3 border for Week 15 against the Steelers.
Dec 9 - 12:46 AM

Steven Jackson rushed 18 times for 101 yards in Sunday's Week 13 win over the Cardinals.

The 31-year-old Jackson somehow found his legs against one of the league's top run defenses, rumbling for a season-long 55-yard touchdown on the opening drive and recording his first 100-yard day of the season. Even so, Devonta Freeman (eight carries) and Quizz Rodgers (four carries) mixed in plenty. Don't go chasing S-Jax's fluky blowup in a Week 14 game at Green Bay.
Nov 30 - 7:15 PM

Steven Jackson rushed 13 times for 34 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 12 loss to the Browns, adding two catches for 17 yards.

A standard week at the office for S-Jax, who is now averaging 3.55 yards per carry. He has scored in 3-of-4 games, however, establishing an acceptable RB3 floor. That being said, he'll barely be a top-36 option against the Cardinals' elite run defense in Week 13.
Nov 23 - 5:22 PM

Steven Jackson rushed for 41 yards on 17 carries in the Falcons' Week 11 win over the Panthers.

He caught two passes for six yards. Jackson managed just a long run of five yards, showing no real juice in his step after an 81-yard, one-score effort in Week 10. Jackson isn't doing his fantasy owners any good unless he's finding the end zone. He'll be a mere RB3 against the Browns in Week 12.
Nov 16 - 4:49 PM

Steven Jackson rushed for 81 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries in the Falcons' Week 10 win over the Bucs.

He added two catches for 14 yards. It was easily Jackson's best game of the season, setting a 2014-high with his 81 yards on the ground to go along with the score. His touchdown came from one yard away after Harry Douglas drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone. Jackson also ripped off a few chunk gains. He continues to dominate carries in the Atlanta backfield, but is merely a low-end RB2. The Panthers are up next in a suddenly-important Week 11 game.
Nov 9 - 4:50 PM

Steven Jackson had 18 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown against the Lions Week 8.

Jackson dominated the running back touches, seeing 18 of the Falcons' 26 carries. He is not making much happen with his touches, but is the clear goal-line back on a solid offense. Through eight games Jackson is on pace for 690 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
Oct 26 - 1:27 PM

Steven Jackson managed 22 yards on eight carries and a three-yard reception in the Falcons' Week 7 blowout loss to Baltimore.

He didn't have a gain longer than four yards on Sunday. Just the lead back in a four-way running back committee, S-Jax is paying dividends as a fantasy flex only when he scores goal-line TDs. He hasn't done so in back-to-back games now. Jackson will remain a low-ceiling flex in Week 8 against the Lions.
Oct 19 - 5:29 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Ryan
2T.J. Yates
3Sean Renfree
RB1Steven Jackson
2Jacquizz Rodgers
3Devonta Freeman
4Jerome Smith
GLB1Steven Jackson
2Jacquizz Rodgers
3RB1Jacquizz Rodgers
2Steven Jackson
FB1Patrick DiMarco
WR11Julio Jones
2Devin Hester
3Drew Davis
WR21Roddy White
2Harry Douglas
3Eric Weems
WR31Harry Douglas
TE1Levine Toilolo
2Bear Pascoe
K1Matt Bryant