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Steven Jackson | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/22/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 240
College: Oregon State
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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. Feb 26 - 9:42 PM
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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

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.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 04:54:00 PM

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3Kellen Moore
4Chandler Harnish
5Tim Tebow
6Josh Portis
7Caleb Hanie
8Curtis Painter
9John Skelton
10Mike Kafka
11David Carr
12Rex Grossman
13Vince Young
14Brady Quinn
15Kevin Kolb
16Trent Edwards
17Pat White
18John Parker Wilson
19Jerrod Johnson
20Adam Weber
21Nate Enderle
22Nick Stephens
23Tyler Wilson
24Ryan Katz
25Colby Cameron
26Kyle Padron
27James Vandenberg
28Mike Hermann
29Nathan Stanley
30Dalton Williams
31Matt Brown
32Caleb TerBush
33Tim Jenkins
34Dayne Crist
35Tajh Boyd
36Brett Smith
37James Franklin
38Jordan Rodgers
39Brendon Kay
40Logan Kilgore
41Chase Rettig
42Tommy Rees
43Brock Jensen
44Kory Faulkner
45Alex Carder
46Keith Price
47Collin Klein
48Rusty Smith
RB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Pierre Thomas
4Brandon Jackson
5D.J. Ware
6Chris Johnson
7Ryan Torain
8Reggie Bush
9Beanie Wells
10Andre Brown
11Jamie Harper
12Chris Rainey
13Jalen Parmele
14Peyton Hillis
15BenJarvus Green-Ellis
16Lance Ball
17Ray Rice
18Michael Bush
19Terrance Ganaway
20Alvester Alexander
21Mikel Leshoure
22Brandon Saine
23Evan Royster
24Isaac Redman
25Jewel Hampton
26Zach Brown
27D.J. Harper
28Tim Cornett
29Stephen Houston
30Alex Green
31Derrick Strozier
32David Fluellen
33Roy Finch
34Tim Flanders
35Jordan Lynch
36Jordan Roberts
37Orwin Smith
38Kapri Bibbs
39Cierre Wood
40Stefphon Jefferson
41Deonte Williams
42Bradley Randle
43Quentin Hines
44De'Leon Eskridge
45Javarris James
46Josh Vaughan
47Darren Evans
48Anthony Allen
49Damien Berry
50Richard Murphy
51William Powell
52Armond Smith
53Delone Carter
54Tauren Poole
GLB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Reggie Bush
4Pierre Thomas
5Chris Johnson
6Ryan Torain
7Beanie Wells
8Andre Brown
3RB1Pierre Thomas
2Chris Johnson
3Steven Jackson
4Reggie Bush
5D.J. Ware
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
FB1Lousaka Polite
2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Tony Fiammetta
7Frank Summers
8Chris Pressley
9Brit Miller
10Ray Agnew
11Maurice Hagens
12James Baker
13Ben Bartholomew
14Ina Liaina
15Stephen Campbell
16J.C. Copeland
17Chad Young
18Kadeem Jones
19Collin Mooney
20Braden Wilson
21Zach Boren
22Lonnie Pryor
23Harvey Unga
24Owen Marecic
25Shaun Chapas
26Dorson Boyce
27Eric Kettani
28Quinn Johnson
29Owen Schmitt
30Brian Leonard
31Eddie Williams
32Jon Hoese
33Ben Guidugli
34Nate Eachus
35Devonte Campbell
36Michael Zordich
37Jourdan Brooks
38Chad Abram
39Alex Debniak
40Ryan Roberson
41Jonathan Amosa
42Rupert Bryan
43Cameron White
44Ryan D'Imperio
45Karl Williams
46Brock Bolen
WR11Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Lance Moore
4Santonio Holmes
5Jacoby Jones
6Laurent Robinson
7Brandon Gibson
8Titus Young
9Joe Morgan
10Darius Johnson
11Greg Childs
12Lamont Bryant
13Ryan Whalen
14Jamar Newsome
15Terrence Toliver
16Kevin Hardy
17Tim Benford
18LaRon Byrd
19Richard Goodman
20Ben Obomanu
21Ted Ginn
22Devery Henderson
23Keenan Davis
24Erik Lora
25Taulib Ikharo
26Robby Toma
27Carlin Isles
28Roy Roundtree
29Chad Bumphis
30Matt Willis
31Lavelle Hawkins
32Brett Swain
33Chaz Schilens
34Brian Robiskie
35Johnathan Haggerty
36Tiquan Underwood
37Charly Martin
38Marcus Jackson
39Derek Moye
40Kamar Jorden
41Nicholas Johnson
42Naaman Roosevelt
43Emmanuel Arceneaux
44Ifeanyi Momah
45Sederrick Cunningham
46Jordan White
47Chris Summers
48Dan Buckner
49Zach Rogers
50Mark Harrison
51Cole McKenzie
52Jamal Miles
53Rashad Evans
54Tyrone Goard
55Sam McGuffie
56Jeremy Ebert
57T.J. Moe
58Jasper Collins
59LaQuan Williams
60Diondre Borel
61Bert Reed
62Brandon Carswell
63Joseph Anderson
64Julius Pruitt
65Mardy Gilyard
66Jon Baldwin
67Chastin West
68Terrell Sinkfield
69Jheranie Boyd
70Eric Rogers
71Rashaad Carter
72Erik Highsmith
73Chip Reeves
74Mike Davis
75Cody Hoffman
76Quintin Payton
77Wilson Van Hooser
78C.J. Goodwin
79Demetrius Fields
80Scott Pillar
WR21Braylon Edwards
2Davone Bess
3Jerome Simpson
4Harry Douglas
5Brian Hartline
6Anthony Armstrong
7Kerry Meier
8David Nelson
9Greg Little
10A.J. Jenkins
11Aaron Mellette
12Robert Gill
13Kealoha Pilares
14Brandon Banks
15Donald Jones
16Earl Bennett
17Jordan Shipley
18Raymond Radway
19Eric Page
20Chris Givens
21Darius Hanks
22Mohamed Massaquoi
23Micheal Spurlock
24Steve Breaston
25Donte' Stallworth
26Michael Jenkins
27David Ball
28Devin Aromashodu
29David Douglas
30Dale Moss
31Brandon Collins
32Tray Session
33Jeff Fuller
34David Reed
35Jarett Dillard
36Dezmon Briscoe
37Tim Toone
38Duke Calhoun
39Isaiah Williams
40Lanear Sampson
41Alec Lemon
42Lamaar Thomas
43Dominique Croom
44Martel Moore
45Nicholas Edwards
46Charles Hawkins
47Alex Gillett
48Greg Hardin
49Lacoltan Bester
50Eric Thomas
51Jaz Reynolds
52Austin Franklin
53Alex Neutz
54Geraldo Boldewijn
55Kelsey Pope
56Anthony McClung
57Jordan Harris
58Micah Hatfield
59Weston Dressler
60Perez Ashford
61Rodrick Rumble
62Jason Thompson
63Omarius Hines
64Gerrard Sheppard
65Andy Cruse
66Anthony Amos
67R.J. Webb
68Andrew Helmick
69Jerry Johnson
70Brandon Kaufman
71Marvin McNutt
72Ronald Johnson
73Roberto Wallace
74Bobby Sewall
75Terrence Austin
76Joe Adams
77Tori Gurley
78Kevin Elliott
79Jared Green
80Mike Willie
81Michael Calvin
82Taveon Rogers
83Andrew DePaola
84James Shaw
85Devin Goda
86Deon Butler
87Darius Reynaud
88Early Doucet
89Patrick Crayton
WR31Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Laurent Robinson
5Davone Bess
6Harry Douglas
7Brian Hartline
8Brandon Gibson
9A.J. Jenkins
TE1Adam Nissley
2Danny Noble
3Randy McMichael
4Anthony Fasano
5Leonard Pope
6Tony Scheffler
7David Thomas
8Kevin Boss
9Aaron Hernandez
10Tommy Gallarda
11D.J. Williams
12Sean McGrath
13Andrew Szczerba
14Steve Watson
15James Casey
16Daniel Graham
17Jamie Childers
18Billy Bajema
19Evan Wilson
20Jacob Pedersen
21D.J. Tialavea
22Justin Jones
23Asa Watson
24Joe Sawyer
25Emmanuel Ogbuehi
26Joel Dreessen
27Ben Hartsock
28Visanthe Shiancoe
29Cameron Morrah
30Matt Furstenburg
31Ben Cotton
32David Rolf
33Nelson Rosario
34Jake Byrne
35Weslye Saunders
36Hayden Smith
37Zach Potter
38Colin Cloherty
39Jeron Mastrud
40Steve Maneri
41Dominique Curry
42Tom Crabtree
43Brody Eldridge
44Nate Byham
45Dedrick Epps
46Martin Rucker
47Dan Gronkowski
48Evan Moore
49Jamie McCoy
50Nathan Overbay
51Cameron Graham
52Michael Higgins
53Alex Silvestro
54Andre Hardy
55Martell Webb
56Tim Biere
57Evan Landi
58Taylor Cook
59Colin Anderson
60Travis Tannahill
61Travis Beckum
62Richard Quinn
63Jake O'Connell
64Isaiah Stanback
65Jason Schepler
66Chase Clement
67A.C. Leonard
68Joe Don Duncan
69Brian Wozniak
70David Wright
71Morrell Presley
K1Maikon Bonani
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4Alex Henery
5Nate Freese
6Sergio Castillo
7Mitch Ewald
8Kevin Goessling
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10Danny Hrapmann
11Brandon Bogotay
12Havard Rugland
13Austin Signor
14Morgan Lineberry
15Quinn Sharp
16Brett Baer
17Brett Maher
18Jose Maltos
19Adam Yates
20Zach Ramirez