McCoy fans had a scare in the fourth quarter when he left the field and doubled over on the sideline. There were also a few incidents last season that put scares into owners. But McCoy insists his shifty running style will keep him healthy.
Jan 04, 2016 · 10:16 AM EST
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.”
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.
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.
Dec 28, 2015 · 11:20 AM EST
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.
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.