In 2006, the 6-foot-2, 231-pound Jackson led the NFL in yards from scrimmage, with 2,334 — 1,528 rushing and 806 receiving. For the Rams' new attack to prosper, he'll have to come much closer to those numbers than the ones he amassed in 2007 and '08, when he missed a total of eight games because of injuries.
Simply put, the Rams' offense — no matter what you call it — won't function without a major, and diverse, contribution from the running back. "But we also need a quarterback that orchestrates it properly, we need receivers that'll catch the ball, we need offensive linemen that'll come off the ball and block," Spagnuolo emphasized. "It'll never be about one guy; Steven and I have talked about that. But certainly he's an important part of it."
Jackson will be deployed much the same way the Eagles use Brian Westbrook, as a dual-threat rusher-receiver. That would seem to be a good fit for Jackson, who in some sets lines up in the slot or even splits out as a wide receiver.