Falcons RB Steven Jackson may be the player most amped for Sunday's contest.
"I'm extremely excited for Week 1," Jackson said. "It's been a training camp that I missed the majority of the time, but I've been working hard physically and mentally to prepare for this coming Sunday; I feel good about it."
Jackson is the only active running back in the NFL to record at least 10,000 rushing yards and 3,500 receiving yards, just one of 10 players in NFL history to accomplish that feat; he's quick to credit Marty Lauzon, the Atlanta Falcons Director of Sports Medicine and Performance, and his staff for allowing him to get back on the field to add to those stats, helping his team.
Despite limited reps in preseason practices, Jackson spent extra time not only with Lauzon and his staff, but also in the film room, where he took plenty of notes on the New Orleans Saints defense, hopefully providing an edge Sunday. Jackson is ranked 27th on our list of RBs, making him a low-end RB3 in 10-team leagues. We project him for about 12 carries this week in what's an average matchup.