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Fred Jackson | Running Back

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/20/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 216
College: Coe
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Fred Jackson was held to 24 yards on 12 carries in Buffalo's Week 2 win over the Dolphins.
He added two catches for 27 yards. Jackson started, but played fewer snaps than C.J. Spiller. He was the less effective back, though he ended up with more touches. The Bills didn't have any goal-line situations, with their lone offensive touchdown coming on a 12-yard pass to Sammy Watkins. Jackson will be an RB2/FLEX for Week 3 against San Diego. Sep 14 - 5:25 PM

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Fred Jackson had seven carries for 61 yards in Sunday's win over the Bears.

He added three catches for 13 yards. Jackson played behind C.J. Spiller and lost some short-yardage work to Anthony Dixon. He had just six carries for 23 yards before his game-winning 38-yard run in overtime. Jackson clearly proved that the Bills need to do a better job of balancing touches between him and Spiller, who averaged just 3.5 YPC. He'll be an RB2/FLEX for Week 2 against Miami.
Sep 7 - 5:00 PM

Fred Jackson rushed five times for 15 yards in Saturday's preseason game, adding four catches for 23 yards.

Jackson was less effective in the run-game than C.J. Spiller, but was able to find the end-zone on a eight-yard run against second-stringers in the third quarter. He now has 18 carries for 55 yards through three preseason games. Jackson is going to handle all of the red-zone and short-yardage work in Buffalo's backfield. He's worth targeting as early as the seventh round.
Aug 23 - 8:16 PM

Fred Jackson started Saturday night's preseason game against the Steelers and played on 26-of-47 first-team snaps.

Jackson out-snapped C.J. Spiller 26-12 and out-touched him 13-6. More importantly, F-Jax handled all the third-down and red-zone duties for the third straight week. It's becoming increasingly clear that Doug Marrone's staff sees Spiller as merely an early-down change-of-pace option, which is going to mean a lot of work for Jackson. There's value in his eighth-round ADP.
Aug 17 - 9:33 PM

Fred Jackson rushed six times for 27 yards in Saturday night's preseason game.

Jackson had a better game than C.J. Spiller, but the Bills' offense struggled to get anything going against the Steelers' first-team defense. F-Jax continued to handle all goal-line work, though his lone red-zone carry came from six yards out. Anthony Dixon saw some time with the starters on third downs and in short-yardage situations, but isn't a real threat to Jackson. Jackson has 13 carries for 43 yards (3.3 YPC) through three preseason games.
Aug 16 - 9:52 PM

Fred Jackson rushed five times for 10 yards in Friday night's preseason game against the Panthers.

Jackson and C.J. Spiller split first-team reps, with Jackson getting all third down and short-yardage work. He failed to convert on fourth-and-goal on Buffalo's first drive of the game, but remains a lock to handle red-zone duties. There aren't many concerns about Jackson's role entering his age-33 season. Jackson is great value at his current ninth-round ADP.
Aug 8 - 11:51 PM

Fred Jackson rushed twice for six yards in the Bills' Hall of Fame game against the Giants.

Similar to last year, F-Jax rotated pretty evenly with C.J. Spiller in the open field. When Buffalo entered the opposing red zone, Jackson was the primary back. At his current ninth-round Average Draft Position, Jackson has a chance to be a value pick for the second consecutive year. He's not flashy, but the coaching staff clearly loves him and he's playing a fantasy-friendly role.
Aug 3 - 9:14 PM

Fred Jackson's one-year, $2.6 million extension includes no guaranteed money.

In other words, there's no real risk for the Bills. It's a symbolic gesture for a team leader, and an affordable option if F-Jax turns in a strong 2014. Heading into his age-33 campaign, there's no guarantee Jackson is back in Buffalo for 2015.
Jul 31 - 5:03 PM

Bills signed RB Fred Jackson to one-year, $2.6 million extension through 2015.

The extension comes as somewhat of a surprise. The NFL's oldest running back at 33, Jackson is now signed for roughly $5.24 million over the next two seasons. The arrival of Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon -- as well as a healthy C.J. Spiller -- will almost certainly prevent Jackson from getting the 252 touches he saw last season, but this contract suggests he will remain a big part of a run-first offense. He is well worth selecting as an RB2/flex at his ninth-round ADP.
Jul 30 - 4:12 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia suggests Fred Jackson could lose snaps this season to Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon.

We see Dixon more as a special teamer, but the Bills gave up significant compensation for Brown (a conditional fourth-round pick that could improve to a third-rounder), and will probably want to carve out a role for him. While Jackson should remain heavily involved due to his pass-protection prowess, his touches are a virtual lock to sink. Jackson will be 33 1/2 years old in Week 1.
Jul 11 - 4:19 PM

The Bills used several formations during OTAs that had C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson on the field at the same time.

Despite Jackson and Spiller being two of Buffalo's best weapons, the Bills have resisted playing both at the same time. Those reservations seem to be dissipating. Jackson's role may be slightly reduced in 2014, but he is still a good bet for eight-plus touchdowns and a solid flex option. Spiller is a boom-or-bust RB2.
May 31 - 11:21 AM

WGR 550 Buffalo expects Fred Jackson's role to be reduced a bit in 2014.

Jackson played 663 snaps a year ago. With C.J. Spiller back to 100 percent and the addition of Bryce Brown, it's only natural for 33-year-old Jackson to see his workload scaled back. He'll still have an important role that will likely include red-zone work in a run-heavy offense. But a year after finishing as a standard scoring top-ten fantasy back, we expect a major drop-off. Jackson is more RB2/flex than RB1.
May 27 - 12:41 PM

Fred Jackson (ribs, knee) said he's now feeling "90 to 95 percent."

It's been more than a month since the Bills' season ended and Jackson still isn't 100 percent. He battled through both broken ribs and a sprained knee during his age-32 campaign, yet managed to gut out 1,283 total yards and 10 touchdowns while playing in all 16 games. Jackson enters the final year of his contract in a battle with C.J. Spiller for carries once again.
Feb 3 - 8:29 AM

Fred Jackson thinks he can play 3-4 more years.

Jackson has already beaten long odds by remaining highly productive into his age-32 season. Now he's getting greedy, looking to hang around the league until he's 35 or 36. "I confidently believe I can do that," he said. "Especially with the workload being split between C.J. and I. That definitely gives me the opportunity to be out here three or four more years." Realistically, the Bills figure to try to squeeze more out of a healthy Spiller next season, the final year of Jackson's contract.
Jan 14 - 11:32 AM

Fred Jackson wound up playing 663 snaps to C.J. Spiller's 389 in 2013.

Spiller's Week 4 high ankle sprain had some effect, but ultimately F-Jax played so many more downs because the Bills trusted him in pass protection. He was Buffalo's go-to third-down back. Under Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett -- who publicly promised before the season to "run C.J. until he pukes" -- Spiller actually ended up playing fewer snaps than he did the year before under Chan Gailey (579). Jackson turns 33 in February. Spiller is 26, so look for the pendulum to swing back C.J.'s way sooner rather than later.
Jan 3 - 2:51 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1E.J. Manuel
2Kyle Orton
RB1C.J. Spiller
2Fred Jackson
3Bryce Brown
4Anthony Dixon
GLB1Fred Jackson
2Bryce Brown
3RB1Fred Jackson
2C.J. Spiller
FB1Frank Summers
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Chris Hogan
WR21Robert Woods
2Mike Williams
3Marcus Easley
WR31Mike Williams
TE1Scott Chandler
2Lee Smith
3Chris Gragg
K1Dan Carpenter