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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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Coach Mike Smith said he fully expects Steven Jackson (hamstring) to be ready for Week 1.
Jackson hasn't done much since injuring his hammy July 29. But Smith said there's a chance Jackson will play a few snaps in the preseason finale. Jackson doesn't necessarily need any exhibition work, but we'd feel more comfortable if he actually got on the field and took some handoffs. His ADP has been on the decline for weeks now. Jackson is currently going at the back of the seventh round in fantasy drafts. There's value there, but SJ39 is 31 years old and there's a real possibility his body has or will let him down permanently. Aug 20 - 3:43 PM

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Steven Jackson performed some agility drills on Monday for the first time since suffering a left hamstring injury on July 28.

Jackson has yet to progress to sprinting, but this can be considered a step forward nonetheless. The 31-year-old is unlikely to see much, if any, preseason work. Coach Mike Smith continues to insist S-Jax will be ready for the Week 1 opener. He's a roll-of-the-dice RB2. On the surface, Jackson could be a value pick at his current late seventh-round ADP. But we tend to shy away from running backs on the wrong side of 30 who have lower-body injury questions.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 11 - 9:59 PM

Steven Jackson is out indefinitely with a left hamstring injury, but is expected to be ready for Week 1.

Coach Mike Smith claimed Tuesday the injury isn't serious, but was vague on Jackson's timeline, only saying he's expected to be ready for Week 1. It's not the same hamstring that cost S-Jax four games in 2013, but it's up for debate whether that's good or bad news. No matter how serious, it's a big blow for a player who had reportedly looked "rejuvenated." It's a reminder that Jackson's advancing age (31) and recent health woes make him a dicey RB2. Rookie Devonta Freeman is worth a draft flier in all formats.
Jul 29 - 6:09 PM

Steven Jackson reportedly "looks rejuvenated" early in camp.

Jackson slogged his way through advancing age last season, averaging a pathetic 3.45 YPC. He insists the misery was due to nagging injuries and the Falcons seem to believe him. "We saw in the last couple of games the kind of running back Steven is before he got injured," coach Mike Smith said. "I like the other guys as well, and we're going to have multiplicity with our packages. But I'm very confident Steven Jackson is still an elite running back in the NFL." If the 31-year-old S-Jax can't rev it up this time, the Falcons shouldn't hesitate to give rookie Devonta Freeman a shot.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 11:32 AM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure believes Steven Jackson "might have a battle on his hands" if Devonta Freeman looks as good in pads as he did in shorts.

Jackson will be the Week 1 starter, but he's not guaranteed a workhorse role. The 31-year-old (in July) failed to clear 4.0 YPC in 9-of-12 appearances last season, looking dangerously close to his career cliff. Freeman, an excellent pass protector with three-down tools and juice in his legs, is going to push for significant snaps right away. We're not going to be investing in Jackson as a RB2.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 8:45 AM

Coach Mike Smith threw support behind Steven Jackson, even though he turns 31 in July.

"Unfortunately, Steven was injured last year and we didn't really get a chance to see what he was capable of doing until the last four or five games," Smith said. Jackson tore his hamstring in Week 2. Additionally, he was running behind one of the NFL's worst lines. The Falcons added mauling RG Jon Asamoah and will get LT Sam Baker (knee) back but still need a right tackle. Jackson averaged just 3.5 YPC in 2013. Atlanta is expected to draft a running back.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 28 - 9:22 AM

Coach Mike Smith hinted at the Combine that he expects the Falcons to retain Steven Jackson for 2014.

Smith essentially gave S-Jax a pass for his 2013 hamstring tear, saying the club "didn't get a chance to really see what Steven Jackson was capable of doing until the end of the season," and insisting an improved rushing attack "starts with a winning line." Jackson is not due a prohibitive offseason roster bonus, so the Falcons could conceivably roster him as long as they please and cut him after the draft or even right before Week 1. Doing so would only save $1.83 million in cap room, however. We tentatively expect S-Jax to return as the 2014 starter.
Feb 20 - 4:56 PM

Steven Jackson rushed 13 times for 41 yards and caught five passes for 53 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Panthers.

The Falcons signed Jackson to give their running game a boost Michael Turner no longer could. But far too often, S-Jax looked like Turner. The 30-year-old veteran missed four games due to a hamstring pull and ended up rushing just 157 times for 543 yards (3.45 YPC) with six touchdowns. He caught a mere 33 passes for 191 yards with one more score. With no lateral jukes or burst left, Jackson is left to just try to overpower defenders in the hole. Expecting a bounce-back season at age 31 will be wishful thinking.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 05:19:00 PM

Steven Jackson rushed 16 times for 53 yards and one touchdown in Monday night's Week 16 loss to the 49ers.

Considering the defense he was going up against and the horrid offensive line Jackson has blocking for him, it was a very solid effort. Jackson continues to run hard and manages to find yards, even though the holes he gets are minuscule. He caught two passes out of the backfield for minus-four yards and was blown up twice on swing passes. One of those resulted in a questionable penalty on Donte Whitner that actually set up Jackson's two-yard touchdown. Jackson will wrap up his season next week against a stout Panthers defense.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 12:21:00 AM

Coach Mike Smith and OC Dirk Koetter both threw support behind Steven Jackson during the past week as a running back who still has juice left in the tank.

It's not particularly relevant for the final two games of Atlanta's lost season, but an indication that S-Jax stands a decent chance at returning as the Falcons' 2014 feature back. "There have been circumstances that affected (Jackson), but we’re starting to see him play like we’ve been accustomed to," said Koetter. "He’s just about over the (hamstring) and it shows." Smith said he has "no doubt" S-Jax can remain a productive back. Jackson is only owed $3 million in 2014. He still holds some Dynasty/keeper league RB2 appeal.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 09:51:00 AM

Steven Jackson rushed 15 times for 38 yards and two touchdowns in Atlanta's Week 15, 27-26 win over the Redskins.

Jackson added four catches for a measly five yards in the passing game. He looks like a completely different runner than he did earlier in the season. Jackson ran through several defenders and absolutely punished Josh Wilson on his three-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Unfortunately, Jackson's offensive line doesn't create many holes. He had to run angry and earn his yards. Jackson will be nothing more than a flex option next week in San Francisco.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 05:32:00 PM

Steven Jackson rushed 15 times for 71 yards and caught a nine-yard pass in the Falcons' Week 14 loss to the Packers.

Although the fantasy numbers didn't cooperate this time, S-Jax continues to improve physically on a weekly basis. He looked like a poor man's version of Eddie Lacy in this one, ripping off chain-moving runs with power and finishing them off with authority. Jackson will be a legit RB2 option when Atlanta squares off with Washington's weak defense in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 04:34:00 PM

Steven Jackson rushed 23 times for 84 yards with two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 13 win over the Bills.

Jackson tore through a hole in the middle for a 27-yard score in the first quarter, showing more north-south speed than we've seen all year. He also got the call on a one-yard plunge after Harry Douglas drew a pass interference call in the end zone late. But in between, S-Jax continues to struggle with lateral movement and short-area quicks. He's now averaging just 3.49 YPC on the season. Jackson will be a touchdown dependent RB2/flex against the Packers in Week 14.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 08:14:00 PM

Steven Jackson rushed 16 times for 63 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's Week 12 loss to the Saints, adding three catches for an additional 16 yards.

S-Jax galloped all over the Saints on Atlanta's opening drive, rushing four times for 25 yards before capping things off with a diving one-yard score over a mass of humanity at the goal-line. All night, Jackson had little trouble penetrating the first line of defense, but had issues escaping with extra yardage. Nevertheless, he operated as Atlanta's clear lead back, out-touching Jacquizz Rodgers, Jason Snelling and Antone Smith 19-8. Jackson's tank isn't quite on E, but he's a poor fit for a Falcons offense that's lost its big-play ability without Julio Jones. He's an RB3 who will struggle to produce fantasy points in weeks where he doesn't score.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 12:25:00 AM

Steven Jackson was held to 41 yards on 11 carries and caught two passes for 24 yards in the Falcons' Week 11 loss to Tampa Bay.

Jackson still runs hard, but his offensive line doesn't open holes and he lacks lateral agility to create his own running room on the rare occasions he gets even the slightest crease. The Falcons are going to cut him in the offseason. Consider S-Jax a low-end flex option when Atlanta faces New Orleans on Thursday Night Football in Week 12.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 05:06:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Ryan
2T.J. Yates
3Sean Renfree
4Jeff Mathews
RB1Steven Jackson
2Jacquizz Rodgers
3Devonta Freeman
4Antone Smith
5Josh Vaughan
GLB1Steven Jackson
2Jacquizz Rodgers
3RB1Steven Jackson
2Jacquizz Rodgers
FB1Patrick DiMarco
2Maurice Hagens
WR11Julio Jones
2Devin Hester
3Courtney Roby
4Jeremy Ebert
5Geraldo Boldewijn
WR21Roddy White
2Harry Douglas
3Drew Davis
4Bernard Reedy
5Julian Jones
WR31Harry Douglas
TE1Levine Toilolo
2Bear Pascoe
3Mickey Shuler
4Jacob Pedersen
5Brian Wozniak
K1Matt Bryant