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Fred Jackson | Running Back

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/20/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 216
College: Coe
Contract: view contract details

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Fred Jackson had five carries for 48 yards and a touchdown in Buffalo's third preseason game.
Jackson was making his preseason debut after missing two weeks with a hamstring injury. He started with all four of Buffalo's running backs sidelined, but played only the first quarter. Jackson's biggest play was a 41-yard carry to open the game. Jackson is a good bet to open the season as LeSean McCoy's backup. Aug 29 - 5:13 PM

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Fred Jackson (hamstring) returned to practice on Saturday.

Jackson has been sidelined since early August with a hamstring issue. Jackson's return should be a big boost to the Bills' running back corps, which is missing LeSean McCoy (hamstring), Karlos Williams (illness), Bryce Brown (hamstring) and Boobie Dixon (calf).
Aug 22 - 10:24 AM

Fred Jackson is expected to miss a "couple weeks" with a hamstring injury.

Jackson has been around the block a time or two and doesn't necessarily need the camp and preseason reps. But there have been light whispers his roster spot could be in jeopardy with the new regime. While Jackson and Anthony Dixon (calf) are out, Bryce Brown and Karlos Williams will get more work.
Aug 7 - 12:31 PM

ESPN's Mike Rodak considers Fred Jackson a lock or near lock for the final roster.

The Bills' website reported similarly over the weekend. Jackson will join Boobie Dixon and Karlos Williams as backups to workhorse LeSean McCoy. A few months ago, RBs coach Anthony Lynn said he'd like to cut F-Jax's snaps in half after the 34-year-old wore down last season and finished with a career-worst 3.72 YPC.
Jul 27 - 8:51 AM’s Chris Brown doesn’t expect the team to cut Fred Jackson.

Jackson’s roster spot isn’t guaranteed under a new coaching staff, but his passing-down ability and veteran presence make him unlikely to get cut. Despite entering his age-34 season, Jackson posted career-best receiving totals last year. Jackson’s 2015 base salary is an affordable $2.35 million.
Jul 24 - 5:39 PM

Fred Jackson admitted he's competing for a roster spot.

"We’ll see what happens with me getting cut or not," he said. "I’ll go out and do whatever I can to make sure that doesn’t happen." While this could be chalked up to preaching competition rah-rah, there have been concerns about Jackson's job security in Buffalo at 34 years old with a new coaching staff. LeSean McCoy is the new lead dog, and rookie Karlos Williams has reportedly impressed in spring workouts. Anthony Dixon plays special teams and Jackson doesn't.
Jun 23 - 2:09 PM

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

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.
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.
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matt Cassel
2Tyrod Taylor
3E.J. Manuel
4Matt Simms
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
3Anthony Dixon
4Karlos Williams
5Bryce Brown
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
FB1Jerome Felton
2John Conner
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Marcus Easley
4Dezmin Lewis
5Marcus Thigpen
WR21Robert Woods
2Percy Harvin
3Chris Hogan
4Deonte Thompson
5Andre Davis
WR31Percy Harvin
TE1Charles Clay
2Matthew Mulligan
3MarQueis Gray
4Chris Gragg
5Nick O'Leary
K1Dan Carpenter
2Jordan Gay