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Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:05:02 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson questioned the notion that a running back is officially toast at age 30. "This is not the '70s or '80s, when it was just hard-nosed football. The game has changed. As long as I can evolve with it, I'll be just fine." He's trying to fight off effects of age by going on a gluten-free diet.
Fantasy Tip: Jackson inherits an attractive fantasy role because in addition to what Michael Turner received last year, S-Jax, whose injury history is slightly overblown, will play plenty of passing downs, as well. He's in line for a bigger receiving year, and this Falcons offense trumps what he experienced in St. Louis. Expected volume will cancel out his age at the right price, which should be that of a low-end RB1 or high-end RB2 .
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:56:56 -0700
St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford is working with the same offensive coordinator in consecutive seasons for the first time in his career, but plenty has changed about the team's offense. With RB Steven Jackson gone, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will now run the O through Bradford while trying to bust more big plays. "The speed that we have acquired and what we have on the outside now -- and even the inside -- it suits us more to spread it out and play more one-back this year," Bradford said. He also thinks defenses will have to design specific coverages for some of the speed weapons, a reversal from St. Louis' more predictable offense last season.
Rookie WR Tavon Austin is lining up in the slot, on the outside and in the backfield. Schottenheimer said Austin Pettis has had the strongest offseason of any Rams wideout. TE Jared Cook and WR Brian Quick deepen the amount of players that St. Louis hopes bolsters their red-zone potency.
Fantasy Tip: This Rams offense boasts a lot of intrigue that'll come at cheap prices in fantasy drafts. Bradford's risk has a bit more of an attractive potential behind it as a fantasy backup. Austin may become overvalued eventually but would pass as a WR4 on draft day, along with Chris Givens, their biggest breakthrough player last year. Cook might be a borderline TE1 for most of the year, if not better. Pettis and Quick might be sneaky late-rounders or free-agent bids. You can't write off this offense anymore, at least not for the cost of its pieces.
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 19:00:20 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson is enjoying the experience of learning new teammates, coaches and a playbook, and he is still growing accustomed to his new surroundings. "It's been a great time. As of right now, you can only imagine learning a new playbook," Jackson said Wednesday, June 5. "I'm trying to dump what I've learned over the years and learn the way that they do things around here, but it's a lot of fun, a lot of excitement and quite a bit of competition, so that's only going to make everyone better."
Thu, 30 May 2013 09:01:16 -0700
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith called RB Steven Jackson a "big strong running back that catches the ball extremely well. ... He's a guy who had close to 100 catches in a season, so he's a guy that we can use in the passing game."
Fantasy Tip: This isn't exactly news, but it affirms the Falcons' plan to use S-Jax as often as possible. The St. Louis Rams' offense didn't carry much potency last year, but Jackson's new squad should help boost his touchdown total along with his receptions in Dirk Koetter's offense. Jacquizz Rodgers is merely a handcuff. Even though he'll turn 30 soon, Jackson still has some juice left, and this offense will help keep his floor as a low-end RB1.
Sat, 16 Mar 2013 11:40:00 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson said he considered retirement before deciding to sign with the Falcons.
Fri, 15 Mar 2013 08:19:09 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson has run for 2,172 yards after contact over the past four seasons. Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (2,918 yards) is the only player with more yards after contact in that same span.
Fri, 15 Mar 2013 05:31:19 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons believe RB Steven Jackson will prove to be a good fit in offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's scheme because he is a capable receiver out of the backfield.
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:23:27 -0700
Updating a previous story, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson's three-year contract is worth $12 million and includes a $4 million signing bonus.
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:22:41 -0700
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the team.
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:14:36 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons signed free-agent RB Steven Jackson (Rams) to an undisclosed deal.
Fantasy Tip: Although he'll be 30 years old this year, Jackson has enough left in the tank to be a useful No. 2 fantasy running back. Joining the prolific Falcons offense should give him plenty of opportunities to score, too, and Jacquizz Rodgers will help keep him fresh as much as possible.
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