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Fred Jackson | Running Back

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/20/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 216
College: Coe
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Bills RBs coach Anthony Lynn said he'd like to see Fred Jackson's snaps cut in half this year.
Jackson played 548 snaps last season, averaging 14.7 touches per game. He finished with a career-low 3.72 YPC. "I think he wore down a little bit at the end of the season," Lynn said. "If we could take half of that off his plate, I think you’re going to see a fresher Fred Jackson and a more explosive Fred Jackson." That statement assumes F-Jax, 34, will even make the final roster out of training camp. The Bills traded for LeSean McCoy and drafted Karlos Williams this offseason, pushing the veteran to the bubble. May 21 - 7:53 AM

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ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak believes Fred Jackson is not a lock for the final roster.

It's tough to see the Bills unloading the heart and soul of their offense, a guy that's been mostly productive for eight seasons. But OC Greg Roman wants to keep four tight ends and possibly six receivers as well. That might only leave room for three running backs, which means F-Jax would need to beat out Bryce Brown or Boobie Dixon for a spot behind LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams. The Bills would save $2.5M in cap space by releasing Jackson.
Source: ESPN.com
May 12 - 8:36 AM

Fred Jackson acknowledged the Bills intend to utilize LeSean McCoy as a "bellcow," but promises to "not make it easy for him."

"They want him to take the majority of the load," F-Jax conceded. "But I’m not going to make it easy for him. I’m not going to just hand it to him and say, ‘Here’s the job.’" The Bills invested Kiko Alonso and a big contract in Shady, so he'll be given every opportunity to soak up touches. We wouldn't rule out Jackson stealing some passing-down and goal-line work, however. "I’m going to push him," Jackson promised. "Every time I get a chance to touch the ball, I’m going to make every play that I can when I’m out there."
Apr 15 - 10:35 PM

Fred Jackson is recovering from an unknown surgical procedure.

F-Jax is sitting out the beginning of the Bills' offseason program. Coach Rex Ryan didn't offer any other details, but it's almost certainly just some sort of clean-up operation. Ryan didn't sound concerned. Jackson dealt with lingering groin issues last season. We'd imagine Jackson will be ready for June's mandatory minicamp.
Apr 6 - 3:00 PM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak expects Fred Jackson and LeSean McCoy to rotate as Buffalo's third-down back.

Coach Rex Ryan hinted at this last week. "When you have a talent like Fred Jackson back there, that'll be part of his role," Ryan explained. "He won't always be the third-down back. LeSean will be a third-down back as well. But it's nice to have these kind of options." OC Greg Roman doesn't figure to formally determine down-and-distance roles until training camp. Based on how much the Bills gave up for McCoy, we wouldn't anticipate him coming off the field particularly often.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 31 - 7:34 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Fred Jackson will stay in Buffalo with "no changes to his contract."

It's believed rookie owner Terry Pegula stepped in after the Bills considered asking F-Jax to take a pay cut, making it clear franchise stalwart Jackson would not be disrespected. Jackson's role with the team will be significantly scaled back with the acquisitions of LeSean McCoy (done) and Bilal Powell (expected).
Mar 9 - 4:23 PM

Updating an earlier item, the Buffalo News reports the Bills have approached Fred Jackson about restructuring his contract, but "want him to stay."

A Bills source previously told reporter Tim Graham that Jackson "wasn't going anywhere," but now it appears he'll at least have to give back some money. Now 34, Jackson is due $2.35 million, and set to count $2.731 million against the cap. The Bills could clear that entire number by cutting Jackson loose. Keeping F-Jax around as a mentor and change-of-pace to LeSean McCoy makes sense, but not at his current salary.
Mar 9 - 3:12 PM

A Bills source tells the Buffalo News that Fred Jackson "isn't going anywhere."

A second source tells reporter Tim Graham that new owner Terry Pegula apparently intervened on Jackson's behalf. It's understandable why Pegula may be loath to make one of his first moves cutting Jackson, but it would be justifiable from a football standpoint. Jackson is now 34, and coming off a season where he averaged just 3.72 yards per carry. Shady McCoy is making $8 million per year. Pegula better be ready to sign off on tough decisions, otherwise he could quickly become a problem owner.
Mar 9 - 1:54 PM

Fred Jackson rushed 18 times for 58 yards Week 17 against the Patriots.

Jackson easily led the Bills' backfield in touches, but Boobie Dixon got the unit's only touchdown in the second quarter. A free agent this offseason, Jackson finishes 2014 with 141 carries for 525 yards (3.72 YPC) and two touchdowns, adding 66 receptions for 501 yards and another score. Jackson managed over 1,000 total yards for the fifth time in his career, and his 66 catches were a career high. Despite the cumulative totals, Jackson faded down the stretch, and it is not a given the Bills will bring back the almost 34-year-old for a ninth season. Jackson will be given a shot somewhere in 2015, but his days as a lead back are likely finished.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 05:55:00 PM

Fred Jackson rushed for 10 yards on six carries and caught nine passes for 93 yards in the Bills' Week 16 loss to the Raiders.

He led the Bills in receiving, but was greatly aided by a 34-yard catch-and-run late in garbage time. With C.J. Spiller returning from a broken collarbone, Jackson won the touch battle 15-8. Kyle Orton ended up throwing the ball 49 times in the loss. Jackson and the eliminated Bills end the season in New England.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 07:52:00 PM

Fred Jackson rushed 20 times for 71 yards and caught three balls for 27 yards in the Bills' Week 15 win over the Packers.

Continuing to be utilized as a workhorse, F-Jax now has 65 touches over his last three games. Anthony Dixon only mixes in for a series here and there, and the Bills don't have any urgency to play Bryce Brown despite his superior big-play ability. Jackson will be a strong RB2 start in Week 16 at Oakland.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 04:45:00 PM

Fred Jackson rushed eight carries for 35 yards and caught 10 passes for 37 yards in Sunday's Week 14 loss at Denver.

Jackson was a rotation back with Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown. But once the Bills fell behind 21-3 very early in the third quarter, F-Jax was essentially an every-down player as the passing back. He used that chance to rack up a big PPR day, catching check-downs and screens from an under pressure Kyle Orton. Jackson will again be a PPR RB2 against the Packers in Week 15 -- the Bills project to be trailing in the second half of that one as well.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 08:04:00 PM

Fred Jackson rushed 21 times for 70 yards in the Bills' Week 13 win over the Browns, adding three receptions for an additional 27 yards.

In his third week back from his groin injury, F-Jax laid waste to the Bills' running-back committee, out-touching Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown 24-9. His YPC remained a disappointing 3.3, however, and is now under 4.0 on the season (3.94). Jackson will be on the RB2 borderline for next week's matchup with the Broncos' stout run defense.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:08:00 PM

Fred Jackson is not listed on the Week 13 injury report.

Jackson didn't look over his groin issue on Monday night, but this confirms he didn't have any setbacks. The Bills should continue to increase his snaps now that he's getting close to full health. Jackson will remain the lead back in a committee with Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown, making him an RB2/FLEX for Week 13 against the Browns.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 05:29:00 PM

Fred Jackson had 10 carries for 32 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's Week 12 win over the Jets.

Jackson started, but split goal-line and third down work with Anthony Dixon. The Bills continued to use a three-back committee, with Bryce Brown getting six carries in a change of pace role. Jackson's touchdown came on a five-yard run in the third quarter. He didn't look over his groin issue, but should be getting close to fully healthy. Jackson is the favorite to lead the backfield in touches next week, and will be an RB2 against the Browns.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 10:33:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Cassel
2E.J. Manuel
3Tyrod Taylor
4Jeff Tuel
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
3Anthony Dixon
4Bryce Brown
5Karlos Williams
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
FB1Jerome Felton
2John Conner
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Marcus Easley
4Dezmin Lewis
5Marcus Thigpen
WR21Percy Harvin
2Robert Woods
3Chris Hogan
4Deonte Thompson
5Justin Brown
WR31Robert Woods
TE1Charles Clay
2Chris Gragg
3MarQueis Gray
4Nick O'Leary
5Chris Manhertz
K1Dan Carpenter
2Jordan Gay