Steven Jackson Fantasy News

Monday, January 4, 2016, 10:16am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The New England Patriots altered their running back rotation in Sunday's 20-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins, turning to veteran Steven Jackson as their top power option.

Jackson played 24 offensive snaps and finished with 14 carries for 35 yards (2.5 yards per carry) with one touchdown. The scoring run, a two-yarder in the third quarter, showed that Jackson can be a hammer close to the goal line.

“Once we get in those situations where we have to grind out yardage, that’s where I have to make sure I pull my weight on the team,” Jackson said. “Inside zone, I bounced the play outside and had a [defensive back] there, so I just had to lower my pads to get in the end zone.”

Steven Jackson's role should expand Week 17

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 9:24pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Veteran running back Steven Jackson played nine snaps in Sunday's loss to the New York Jets, and those numbers should be rising this week in the season finale against the Miami Dolphins.

"That will start just with the work week; Steven had really two days of practice last week so I think that it’s fair to say that we wanted to put him in a situation that was fair to him based on the preparation and the work that he had done prior to the game," offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Tuesday. "This week will give us another three days of good work and experience and exposure to him, and for him to the offense, that will give us an opportunity to expand his role, hopefully during the course of the game on Sunday."

Jackson finished with seven carries for 15 yards against the Jets. A 7-yard run in the fourth quarter was arguably his best of the day.

Fantasy Impact:

At this point, it's all mostly about getting Jackson ready for the playoffs. The story went on to say if Jackson is worked more into the mix, it would give the coaching staff more flexibility to have Brandon Bolden return to some special-teams duties that he hasn't been a part of over the past two games. Jackson, 32, is further along than most players would be in his position after playing under McDaniels with the St. Louis Rams in 2011.

Monday, December 28, 2015, 11:20am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steven Jackson still has something left in the tank to help the New England Patriots in their playoff push but remains a work in progress.

Jackson played nine snaps in Sunday’s 26-20 overtime loss to the New York Jets, and although his stat line doesn’t jump off the page (seven carries, 15 yards), this is a case where it requires looking beyond the numbers.

The goal Sunday was to help the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Jackson shake off rust from having not played football for almost a full year. And, in the process, to give the coaching staff a feel for if Jackson still has some juice to power through opposing defenders.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said one run stood out: it was Jackson’s 7-yard jaunt with 5:15 remaining in regulation. On the play, Jackson came rumbling downhill, decisively cut to his right and lowered his pads after powering through the gap between right tackle Marcus Cannon and tight end Rob Gronkowski to run through cornerback Marcus Gilchrist.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 3:09pm

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

The Patriots ducked inside for a walkthrough today at the Empower Field House next to Gillette Stadium. Newly signed Steven Jackson was the star attraction, as he walked out wearing his familiar No. 39 uniform jersey before changing into a navy practice shirt.

The veteran running back looked good and fit as he did some quick leg work and exercises on his own to warm up.

Not present during the short media viewing window was wide receiver Julian Edelman, who had been a regular at practice on a limited basis the past two weeks as he continues to get closer to a return from a broken foot.

Report: Patriots sign Steven Jackson

Monday, December 21, 2015, 12:40pm

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

Help is coming for the Patriots' beleaguered running back corps.

The team is expected to sign veteran free agent Steven Jackson, ESPN and NFL Network reported.

Jackson, 32, is a veteran of nine seasons with the Rams and two with the Falcons. His 11,388 career rushing yards are second among active players and 17th all time.

Jackson worked out for the Patriots last week as they look to make up for the season-ending injuries to Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount.

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson could jump right in and have an impact, but would obviously be a risky fantasy play for Week 16 if this is your finals. Considering newly promoted Joey Iosefa led the Patriots in rushing with 51 yards in Sunday's win, Jackson could do just fine in this offense. Jackson likely will assume the role of Blount, as the inside runner, while James White remains the third down option. The team just doesn't seem to trust Brandon Bolden enough for a bigger role week-to-week.

Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (hip) was removed from the injury report Thursday. Blount is done for the year. Brandon Bolden takes over as the early-down thumper, while receiving specialist James White could see a few carries as well. The team is reportedly kicking the tires on Steven Jackson as well.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 6:21pm

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (hip) did not practice Wednesday. Blount is done for the year. Brandon Bolden takes over as the early-down thumper, while receiving specialist James White could see a few carries as well. The team is reportedly kicking the tires on Steven Jackson as well.

Falcons RB1 battle is one to watch at camp

Monday, July 13, 2015, 10:26am

AtlantaFalcons.com - [Full Article]

The contest between RBs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman should extend far beyond camp. Each has stated he plans on being the starter, and while they can share the load, something will eventually have to give.

Both appear to be schematic fits, and both have the potential to be effective in the NFL. Freeman displayed flashes of brilliance last year, his first in Atlanta; Coleman rushed for more than 2,000 as a senior at Indiana University.

Fantasy Impact:

With Steven Jackson out of the way, Freeman was expected to be the starter in 2015, but the drafting of Coleman appears to have changed that. Freeman was perhaps more successful in the passing game so he could have some PPR value, but it looks like there will at least be some kind of a timeshare. We rank Freeman 33rd and Coleman 38th on our RB list, but Coleman is actually going a round or two earlier in drafts as owners are buying into him as the eventual lead back.

Falcons Beat: RB Devonta Freeman is 'clearly ahead' in RB competition

Friday, June 19, 2015, 3:02pm

Atlanta Journal Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is clearly ahead at running back. Freeman is the leader in the clubhouse to earn the No. 1 running back spot over rookie Tevin Coleman. His head is probably spinning with all of the new information to go along with the mild groin strain that kept him out of the final day of minicamp.

“I knew Devonta had terrific hands, but I probably didn’t appreciate the good route-running ability coming out of Florida State and the development he made with (former running backs coach) Gerald (Brown) and the guys here last year," said head coach Dan Quinn. "He can really run routes.”

Quinn stopped just short of declaring a winner in the position battle.

“He’s going to be a guy we’re going to feature in a lot of different ways,” Quinn said. “He’s tough. He’s got great quickness….He’s a factor for sure.”

Fantasy Impact:

With Steven Jackson out of the way, GM Thomas Dimitroff said that there was “no question” that Freeman is ready to be the feature back in Atlanta, though the team threw cold water on that notion by drafting Tevin Coleman. Freeman wasn't terribly impressive in his rookie season (248 yards rushing, 3.8 YPC), but he was active and effective in the passing game (30 catches for 225 yards), so we’re expecting he’ll be PPR-relevant as part of a timeshare.

Falcons cut RB Steven Jackson; Devonta Freeman ready for bigger role

Friday, February 27, 2015, 10:37am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons released RB Steven Jackson, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Looking at the running back position, Kyle Shanahan presided over three stellar fantasy seasons in his seven years as an offensive coordinator. In 2008, while Shanny was the OC of the Texans, Steve Slaton turned 327 touches (50 receptions) into 1,659 yards and 10 touchdowns. (Slaton averaged 77.6 total yards on 15.9 touches in 2009.) In 2012, rookie Alfred Morris racked up 1,690 total yards and 13 touchdowns. He followed it up with 1,353 total yards and seven scores in 2013. Shanahan even coaxed 86.7 total yards (on 18.2 touches) from Ryan Torain in 2010 and 67.9 yards on 13.3 touches from Roy Helu in 2011. Freeman wasn't terribly impressive in his rookie season (248 yards rushing, 3.8 YPC), but he was active and effective in the passing game (30 catches for 225 yards), so a Slaton-esque season isn't out of the realm of possibility. With Jackson out of the way, GM Thomas Dimitroff said that there was “no question” that Freeman is ready to be the feature back in Atlanta.

Falcons GM believes Devonta Freeman is capable of a featured role

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 8:51pm

Vaughn McClure, Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said Devonta Freeman can be the team's featured back.

Fantasy Impact:

Looking at the running back position, new OC Kyle Shanahan presided over three stellar fantasy seasons in his seven years as an offensive coordinator. In 2008, while Shanny was the OC of the Texans, Steve Slaton turned 327 touches (50 receptions) into 1,659 yards and 10 touchdowns. (Slaton averaged 77.6 total yards on 15.9 touches in 2009.) In 2012, rookie Alfred Morris racked up 1,690 total yards and 13 touchdowns. He followed it up with 1,353 total yards and seven scores in 2013. Shanahan even coaxed 86.7 total yards (on 18.2 touches) from Ryan Torain in 2010 and 67.9 yards on 13.3 touches from Roy Helu in 2011. Freeman wasn't terribly impressive as a runner in his rookie season (248 yards rushing, 3.8 YPC), but he was active and effective in the passing game (30 catches for 225 yards), so a Slaton-esque season isn't out of the realm of possibility. If the Falcons stand pat at running back, he'll have some middle round appeal, assuming his role looks to be bigger than Steven Jackson's.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 10:31am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Falcons need to upgrade in the backfield and that's likely to start with the release of veteran Steven Jackson. New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan brings with him an emphasis on the outside zone-blocking scheme and one-cut-and-go mentality for the running backs. The Falcons will benefit from having younger legs in such a scheme. Don't discount second-year player Devonta Freeman, who is eager to take the next step and could thrive in the system. But the Falcons need more bodies, and Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith are headed to free agency. Keep an eye on Justin Forsett, who also is bound for free agency. Forsett thrived in the zone-blocking scheme the past season en route to a career-high 1,266 rushing yards. And Forsett is represented by the same agent who represents Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

Falcons Beat: Steven Jackson 'likely to be released'

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 4:39pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steven Jackson, who turns 32 in July, is likely to be released with one year left on his contract. The move would save the Falcons $3.75 million against the salary cap. And the Falcons no doubt want younger, fresher legs in Kyle Shanahan's offense.

Fantasy Impact:

If the Falcons part ways with S-Jax, it could be a sign that they're ready to hand Devonta Freeman the keys. They are also likely to address the position in free agency or the draft, but the quality of the signee/draftee will give us an idea of what Freeman's role might be.

Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan 'loved' Devonta Freeman prior to 2014 Draft

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 2:09pm

Jay Adams, Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan said he loved Devonta Freeman last year coming out of college. He’s still evaluating offensive talent on roster here.

Fantasy Impact:

Looking at the running back position, Shanahan presided over three stellar fantasy seasons in his seven years as an offensive coordinator. In 2008, while Shanny was the OC of the Texans, Steve Slaton turned 327 touches (50 receptions) into 1,659 yards and 10 touchdowns. (Slaton averaged 77.6 total yards on 15.9 touches in 2009.) In 2012, rookie Alfred Morris racked up 1,690 total yards and 13 touchdowns. He followed it up with 1,353 total yards and seven scores in 2013. Shanahan even coaxed 86.7 total yards (on 18.2 touches) from Ryan Torain in 2010 and 67.9 yards on 13.3 touches from Roy Helu in 2011. Freeman wasn't terribly impressive in his rookie season (248 yards rushing, 3.8 YPC), but he was active and effective in the passing game (30 catches for 225 yards), so a Slaton-esque season isn't out of the realm of possibility. If the Falcons stand pat at running back, he'll have some middle round appeal, assuming his role looks to be bigger than Steven Jackson's.

Steven Jackson (quad) INACTIVE, Julio Jones (hip) ACTIVE

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:04pm

Falcons Inactives
Ricardo Allen CB
Charles Godfrey FS
Steven Jackson RB
Stansly Maponga DE
Sean Renfree QB
Jonathan Scott T
Tyler Starr OLB

Fantasy Impact:

Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman should split the work, with Freeman having more upside. Julio Jones active, as expected.

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