Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 6:58pm
Brown was let go by the Bills following Week 1 and had gone unclaimed until this week. Jackson has underperformed as a third-string back for the Seahawks (54 yards in seven games), while Thomas Rawls (65 carries, 366 yards) has taken meaningful carries away from the oft-injured Marshawn Lynch.
The story said Brown's signing could spell the end of the line for Jackson in the Emerald City, who was involved in a single-car crash last week outside the Seahawks' facility, but it is more likely an indication that Pete Carroll is stocking up on insurance for Beast Mode. Brown's downfall is his history of fumbling problems with the Bills and Eagles.
TMZ was first to report that a drag race outside the Seahawks’ training facility between running backs Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch ended with Jackson wrecking his Corvette, first into a planter box and then into a stop sign.
There’s proof of that, too. That stop sign is at the corner of Seahawks Way and Lake Washington Boulevard, not far from the facility.
TMZ cited a witness who said Jackson and Lynch were racing as they left practice. After Jackson wrecked, teammates including Richard Sherman and team staffers reportedly came to his aid.
TMZ reports Jackson was taken back to the Seahawks facility but there is no word on whether or not he was injured.
Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8:07pm
With running back depth a question going into Sunday's game against the Bengals, the Seattle Seahawks made a roster move today, signing Rod Smith off the practice squad and placing cornerback Tharold Simon (toe) on injured reserve.
Smith originally signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State in the spring.
Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) has been ruled out of Sunday's game. Fred Jackson (high ankle sprain) is questionable. The team will see how he looks pregame before determining whether Jackson can go. The Seahawks also have fullback Derrick Coleman as a potential option to carry the ball.
In all likelihood, it will be Thomas Rawls getting the bulk of the carries.
Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm
Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring, out) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice and is out for Week 5. Thomas Rawls will draw another start. Fred Jackson is listed as questionable with a high-ankle sprain, but may only play in an emergency capacity. Consider Rawls a low-end RB2 — he’s a volume play.
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. It doesn’t sound like Lynch is a sure bet to play in Week 5, though HC Pete Carroll said they should know by the “end of the week.” If he’s out Thomas Rawls would serve as a three-down back with Fred Jackson also ailing.
Jackson suffered a sprained ankle when a Detroit defender landed on the back of his right leg. X-rays were negative, but Jackson will undergo an MRI exam on Tuesday.
Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:02pm
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (calf, questionable) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice and is questionable for Week 3. We expect Lynch to play, but his workload may be limited if he’s sore or if the Seahawks jump out to a lead, as expected. Fred Jackson should see extra snaps and Thomas Rawls will be in the mix as well.
Jackson’s signing only became official on Monday, which didn’t leave him much time to get up to speed on the team’s offensive scheme. The lack of time didn’t seem to cause Jackson any problems when it came to learning what coach Pete Carroll needed him to learn in order to get on the field for the team’s season opener.
“He’ll play a lot,” Carroll said, via the Seattle Times. “He ran the whole offense today. I don’t know how he got it all done, but he got it done today so I would think he’ll be ready to go.”
Carroll highlighted “the security” that comes with Jackson’s skills as a receiver and pass protector while discussing a third down role for the veteran back. It looks like he’ll be sliding into at least that role a few days from now which could make him a PPR option this week.
The Seattle backfield is drastically different from a year ago. While Lynch is still the bell cow, it could be Rawls who gets regular carries should something happen to Lynch. Jackson will likely remain a passing down back thanks to his numbers from last year, but it wouldn't appear he could take on a bulk of the work if there were injuries given his age.
Jackson will likely serve as the primary backup to Marshawn Lynch. Turbin is expected to be waived. Jackson is excellent in the passing game, so it's possible he spells Lynch on third down.
The reasoning behind the Seattle Seahawks’ decision to bring in former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson for a visit seemingly became clearer on Tuesday after head coach Pete Carroll revealed Robert Turbin suffered a serious ankle injury in the Hawks’ preseason matchup at San Diego on Saturday.
Speaking with reporters after Seattle’s practice in anticipation of their preseason finale Thursday, Carroll hinted that Turbin’s injury may keep him out of action for a while.
“Robert’s got a sprained ankle,” Carroll said. “It’s a significant ankle sprain. We have to see what that means. He feels pretty good about it, but it definitely showed up on the MRI and all that.”
Carroll said that Turbin got “whacked” and “rolled up on,” and that there was timetable for Turbin’s return. Carroll also said that the injury wasn’t the only reason they decided to bring in Jackson for a visit after he was released by the Bills on Monday. But now it at least makes a lot more sense.
The Seahawks currently have Robert Turbin and Christine Michael backing up Marshawn Lynch, but neither guy has taken a firm grasp of the backup role this preseason. Turbin's carried the ball 16 times for 36 yards (2.3 YPC) and has failed to manage a run longer than 8 yards. Michael is averaging 3.3 YPC on 24 attempts, and 29 of his 79 yards came on one play. On the other 23 runs, he's averaged just 2.2 YPC.
Clearly, the Seahawks feel like they need an option to complement Lynch, and that's where Fred Jackson's skill set makes some sense. The veteran's best days are behind him, but he is dependable in pass protection and comfortable as a receiving option. He had a career high 66 catches last year for 501 yards.
As for the players on the roster, Jackson signing would potentially impact Michael and/or Turbin. Michael, a second-round pick in 2013, is signed through 2016 on his rookie deal but has not been the consistent complement the coaches seem to be looking for. Turbin, a fourth-round pick in 2012, is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2015 season.
Jackson played 58.2 percent of Buffalo's offensive snaps last season. And the majority of those snaps (68.2 percent) were passing plays, the story said. He showed good hands with just two drops on 82 targets. Lynch played 737 snaps last year, sixth-most among running backs. It seems that Jackson could be used to spell him on obvious passing downs and be a legit threat out of the backfield. Should the Seahawks sign Jackson, they could look to part ways with either Michael or Turbin. It's also possible that they'd keep all three guys in addition to Lynch and go with four running backs along with a fullback.
Jackson is flying to Seattle today and is expected to sign with the Seahawks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
In Seattle, Jackson would back up Lynch. That’s a familiar role for Jackson, who also shared a backfield with Lynch in Buffalo. The two were teammates with the Bills from 2007 to 2010.
Jackson is 34 and on the down side of his career, having averaged a career-low 3.7 yards a carry last season. But the Seahawks apparently think he has something left, and he’s about to join one of the best running offenses in the NFL.
The signing seemingly pushes Robert Turbin and Christine Michael a notch down the depth chart as Jackson is expected to backup Lynch. But Jackson may add a threat in the passing game coming of a season where he was targeted 90 times and caught 66 balls for 501 yards with the Bills. Those kind of numbers would give him value in PPR leagues if that's how the Seahawks plan to utilize him in their game plan.
- Page 1