Running back Fred Jackson feels like he's in limbo with the Buffalo Bills. Jackson was shocked last Thursday when he was told 2010 first-round pick C.J. Spiller would be starting in front of him in the teams second preseason game.
"I was shocked, I feel like a No. 1 back, and I should be treated like one. As far as what's going on, you would have to ask them. I'm going to come out here and compete. I feel like I have been competing. I feel like I have done everything I can. It's been like that for two or three years, and nothing has changed."
Jackson has two years left on his four-year contract with the Bills. He could ask for a trade if the Bills give Spiller the starting job.
"If that's an avenue I have to take, I would definitely be open to it," Jackson said. "I want to play as much as possible. Like I said, I feel like I'm a No. 1 guy and should be getting touches like a No. 1 guy. Let me know what's going on. I don't feel like I should be kept in the dark on anything. I have no idea. I would like to know where I stand."
Bills coach Chan Gailey was surprised Monday when told about Jackson's reaction and said Jackson was "a little ahead" of Spiller on the depth chart.
"I told him what we were going to do," Gailey said. "Nothing has changed on our thoughts with Fred and where Fred is for our football team. He's a major part of what we're trying to get done here. I would hate for somebody to feel [underappreciated] because it's not true from my standpoint."
"It's very frustrating," Jackson said. "All I can do is continue to do what I've been doing. Hopefully, something changes."
Running Back By Committee is ugly for Fantasy GMs. We cannot envision the Bills parting ways with Jackson.