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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 rushed 14 times for 54 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's 56-14, Week 3 bombardment of the Buccaneers.
S-Jax's two-yard score in the third quarter — where he stood up four Bucs defenders to put the Falcons up 49-0 — was his first of the season. Jackson could have had two first-quarter scores, but was gassed by the time the Falcons reached the red zone on each of their first two drives. Jackson is running with extremely little lateral agility these days, but still has more than enough power to churn out yardage up the middle. The leader of the Falcons' four-man committee, Jackson is also by far the best touchdown bet. He's a safe RB3. Sep 18 - 11:43 PM

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Steven Jackson rushed 11 times for 46 yards in the Falcons' Week 2 loss to the Bengals, adding a six-yard reception.

Jackson was a one-man committee one week after the Falcons went with a four-back attack, but struggled for volume as the Falcons struggled to remain competitive. S-Jax now has only 23 carries through two games, one a shootout win, the other a blowout loss. He's settling in as a middling RB3.
Sep 14 - 5:35 PM

Steven Jackson rushed for 52 yards on 12 carries in Atlanta's Week 1 matchup with the Saints.

Jackson looked no worse for wear after missing the entire preseason with a hamstring injury, although the Falcons used something of an RBBC approach to limit his workload. That may change as Jackson works himself into game shape, but Jackson needs more than 12 carries a game to be anything more than a low-upside RB3.
Sep 7 - 5:05 PM

Steven Jackson is not even listed on the Falcons' Week 1 injury report.

Due to a hamstring pull sustained during the first week of camp, Jackson took zero preseason snaps. But he's practicing in full now and is not expected to be limited in Sunday's potential shootout with the Saints. Jackson, saddled by declining athleticism and a shaky offensive line, will be a borderline RB2 option.
Sep 4 - 7:37 AM

Steven Jackson (hamstring) confirmed he's ready for Sunday's opener.

Jackson sat out the entire preseason, but could have played in the finale. "I'm extremely excited for Week 1," Jackson said. "It's been a training camp that I missed the majority of the time, but I've been working hard physically and mentally to prepare for this coming Sunday; I feel good about it." Jackson could be on a snap count against the Saints after missing so much time in August, but will be a borderline RB2 for what could be a shootout.
Sep 2 - 1:26 PM

According to, it "looks like" Steven Jackson will play in Thursday's preseason finale.

Jackson missed the Falcons' first three exhibition games with a hamstring injury. If he actually plays tonight, it won't be for more than a series or two. S-Jax likely just wants some peace of mind heading into Week 1.
Aug 28 - 5:12 PM

Steven Jackson (hamstring) returned to Falcons practice on Monday.

He wound up missing 27 days, but remains on track for Week 1. Coach Mike Smith previously said there's a chance S-Jax sees snaps in Thursday's preseason finale, but we'd be shocked if the Falcons risked his health. Currently the RB31 in fantasy drafts, Jackson will be a steal if he can stay on the field, but it's hard to believe he will during his age-31 season. Rookie Devonta Freeman should settle in as Jackson's primary backup and handcuff. Jacquizz Rodgers has had endless chances to establish himself, and failed time and again.
Aug 25 - 2:53 PM

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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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

Depth Charts

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