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Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:08:57 -0700
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is optimistic that RB Steven Jackson will bounce back from a disappointing 2013 season in which he played in only 12 games due to a hamstring injury and averaged a career-low 3.5 yards per carry. Jackson finished the year with six touchdowns in the final six games, however. Atlanta uses a committee at running back with Jackson and RBs Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith.
Fantasy Tip: Jackson has always been injury-prone, and now that he's on the wrong side of 30, that'll become more of an issue. More usage of Rodgers and Smith would be wise if the Falcons want to keep S-Jax healthy over the full season. His numbers from last year should be what you should expect moving forward, especially in a committee backfield.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:59:17 -0800
The Atlanta Falcons could consider releasing CB Asante Samuel, FS Thomas DeCoud, RB Steven Jackson, LB Stephen Nicholas and DE Osi Umenyiora this offseason to create some salary cap space.
Thu, 19 Dec 2013 07:18:50 -0800
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson was fined $7,875 for a facemask penalty in Week 15.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 06:04:17 -0800
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson had his best game of the season in Week 13 with 23 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:27:49 -0800
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (toe) fully practiced and is probable for Week 11.
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:02:12 -0800
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (toe) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 14.
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:22:19 -0800
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (toe) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:06:22 -0800
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter wants to lean upon RB Steven Jackson more than he has since the running back returned from injury. "My opinion is Steven Jackson is a workhorse running back and we haven't been able to work him," Koetter said Tuesday, Nov. 12. "I mean, I think Steven is one of those guys that gets better the more he touches it." Jackson's season-high for carries is 13 against the Carolina Panthers.
Fantasy Tip: Jackson is averaging a career-low 3.2 yards per carry, but he has been injured. Koetter's plan to get Jackson more carries is great news for fantasy owners. However, Jackson and the Falcons face a difficult matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11, as Tampa ranks fifth in the league in rushing defense.
Sun, 10 Nov 2013 23:34:38 -0800
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White, who returned this week from ankle and hamstring injuries, had just one catch for 20 yards in a 33-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Nov. 10. His teammate, RB Steven Jackson, managed only 11 yards on nine carries in the defeat.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 01:42:05 -0800
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson must average 107.5 yards rushing over the last eight games to extend his streak of 1,000-yard seasons to eight in a row. He has just 140 yards in four games this season, having missed four others with an injury.
Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:35:37 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 25, and is probable for Week 8.
Fantasy Tip: While it looks like Jackson is ready to go, he may be limited in game action and split time with Jacquizz Rodgers. Be prepared for the team to be cautious with Jackson.
Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:07:31 -0700
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 24.
Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:54:28 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is participating practice Thursday, Oct. 24. Jackson did not suffer a setback and is expected to play in Week 8.
Fantasy Tip: Jackson is probably a risky play if he gets on to the field this week. He will likely split time with Jacquizz Rodgers. Also, the Falcons matchup against the Cardinals is not a great one. If you have other options, you may want to consider them this week.
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:26:50 -0700
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:15:09 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, but he'll need to make it through practice this week without a setback in order to start in Week 8 against the Arizona Cardinals. RBs Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling have combined for 319 yards on 93 carries with Jackson out.
Fantasy Tip: Expect to see plenty of Rodgers and Snelling, even if S-Jax suits up. This makes him a risky RB option this weekend.
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:39:35 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) said he plans on playing in the team's Week 8 game.
Fantasy Tip: Jackson has missed the last four games because of the injury, but it appears like he will be able to play Week 8. There is a good chance that he could be limited if he does play, so owners should lower their expectations for him. He should be considered a No. 2 running back or a flex option if he is in the lineup.
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:25:28 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is expected to return to practice Wednesday, Oct. 21.
Fantasy Tip: Great news to see Jackson get back on the practice field. Keep an eye on practice reports later in the week to get a better idea of how close he is to returning to game action.
Sun, 20 Oct 2013 08:40:24 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons have declared LB Chase Thomas, OG Harland Gunn, FS Kemal Ishmael, WR Roddy White, OT Sam Baker, RB Steven Jackson, DL Travian Robertson inactive for Week 7.
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:48:15 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 7.
Fantasy Tip: Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling probably will continue to share snaps at running back but could be more involved in the passing game because of Roddy White's injury. Rodgers and Snelling should be considered as No. 2 running backs or flex options this week.
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:51:14 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) was out of practice Friday, Oct. 18.
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:03:05 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 17.
Fantasy Tip: It appears like Jackson will miss another game because of his hamstring injury. Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers likely will continue to share carries and probably should be considered flex options if Jackson is out.
Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:30:09 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Wed, 16 Oct 2013 05:44:59 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is unlikely to return to action in Week 7.
Fantasy Tip: Expect a heavy dosage of Jacquizz Rodgers with Jason Snelling (concussion) likely healthy enough to take the short yardage and goal-line work.
Tue, 15 Oct 2013 07:47:10 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is not practicing Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:12:27 -0700
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith would not say if RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) will be able to participate in practice this week.
Mon, 07 Oct 2013 16:11:42 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons have declared LB Akeem Dent, TE Chase Coffman, OG Harland Gunn, FS Kemal Ishmael, OT Sam Baker, RB Steven Jackson, SS Zeke Motta inactive for Week 5.
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 09:55:54 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 5.
Fantasy Tip: Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers likely will continue to share playing time at running back with Jackson out. Since neither running back likely will see a majority of the carries, both Snelling and Rodgers should be considered flex options this week.
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 09:14:45 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) did not have his helmet during the media-access portion of practice Saturday, Oct. 5, which indicates he will not participate in practice.
Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:25:23 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 3. Jackson observed practice in shorts and hasn't practiced since injuring his hamstring in Week 2. However, head coach Mike Smith is optimistic about Jackson, but he won't return to action until he's 100 percent healthy. "We're not going to rule him out at this point in time," Smith said. "He's working hard to get back. And we'll have to see how the rest of the week plays out."
Fantasy Tip: We don't expect S-Jax to be back this weekend, given the fact that Atlanta has their bye in Week 6. It's very realistic for Jackson to return in Week 7, making Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling very short-term values.
Sun, 29 Sep 2013 16:05:48 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons have declared CB Asante Samuel, OG Harland Gunn, LB Jamar Chaney, FS Kemal Ishmael, OT Ryan Schraeder, RB Steven Jackson, DL Travian Robertson inactive for Week 4.
Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:22:41 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (thigh) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Fantasy Tip: Jackson is still likely a couple weeks away from being able to return to the playing field. Jacquizz Rodgers will likely continue to get the bulk of the carries in the meantime.
Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:34:49 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 17:44:01 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is expected to miss the Week 4 game against the New England Patriots, and he might miss another two to three weeks, according to a league source. The team has a bye in Week 6, so he might be held out until Week 7 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oct. 20. Jackson suffered a setback in Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams, exiting that game immediately. His injury was originally called a thigh injury.
Fantasy Tip: With Jackson sidelined, RBs Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling will continue to fill in. The duo combined for 139 rushing yards in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins.
Sun, 22 Sep 2013 11:47:49 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons have declared OG Harland Gunn, LB Jamar Chaney, FS Kemal Ishmael, OT Sam Baker, RB Steven Jackson, DL Travian Robertson, SS Zeke Motta inactive for Week 3.
Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:28:55 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (thigh) was ruled out for the team's Week 3 game, according to head coach Mike Smith.
Fantasy Tip: With Jackson officially ruled out, Jacquizz Rodgers will likely see the bulk of the carries, and is worth an add, especially if you are looking for a replacement to Jackson for the short term.
Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:46:50 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (thigh) may miss two to four weeks with a thigh injury. Jackson is listed officially as week-to-week.
Fantasy Tip: If Jackson canít go, Jacquizz Rodgers would likely get the majority of the workload, and is worth an add until Jackson is healthy, especially if you need help at running back. S-Jax is up there in age, too, so his healing process could take longer than expected. At least for this week, consider him unlikely to play.
Tue, 17 Sep 2013 05:53:56 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (thigh) is uncertain for Week 3.
Fantasy Tip: These are the risks you take with Jackson, who has a history of frustrating, minor injuries that have limited him. Jacquizz Rodgers would take his place, with Jason Snelling filling in on the goal line. With Roddy White banged up, this could significantly slow down the Dirty Birds' offense and put more emphasis on stopping Julio Jones.
Sun, 15 Sep 2013 12:45:59 -0700
Updating an earlier report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (thigh) hasn't returned to the game.
RBs Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers are splitting carries for him.
Fantasy Tip: With 6 minutes left in the game, it looks like he's done for the day. It has been diagnosed as a bruised thigh.
Sun, 15 Sep 2013 10:24:02 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (thigh) left the team's Week 2 game early because of a thigh injury and is considered questionable to return.
Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:41:21 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson had a strong outing in the team's second preseason game. Jackson had eight carries for 42 yards and also had a catch for 13 yards after a slow start in the first preseason game.
Fantasy Tip: A much better showing for Jackson after a slow start in his first preseason action. Jackson should continue to get stronger as he gets more familiar with his new surroundings and should be a solid RB2.
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 08:32:59 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson is lining up all over the field and in receiver sets. "It reminds me of my younger years in St. Louis when I was used more as a receiver out of the backfield," Jackson said. "It allows me to use more tools in the shed that I have and possess. It allows me to work on things I haven't done in a number of years."
Sun, 21 Jul 2013 14:26:39 -0700
The Green Bay Packers had the chance to acquire RB Steven Jackson from the St. Louis Rams for a seventh-round draft choice last season, but general manager Ted Thompson did not want to pick up Jackson's contract.
Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:35:55 -0700
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez said he believes the team can have a perfect offense after adding RB Steven Jackson this offseason. "Obviously, we're led by [QB Matt Ryan]," Gonzalez said. "With him pulling the trigger, with [WR Roddy White], [WR Julio Jones], myself, we're going to try and soften up that defense a lot where they got to stand back and play off us a little bit. That is going to make big holes for a guy like Steven Jackson, and we should hopefully go out there and be the perfect offense."
Sun, 07 Jul 2013 08:15:02 -0700
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter indicated RB Steven Jackson may not receive much playing time during the preseason because he is an experienced runner but will allow head coach Mike Smith to make the decision. "Coach Smith will determine how many carries he gets, but I don't believe Steven Jackson needs a bunch of touches in the preseason. You can only run inside zone, outside zone so many times. He doesn't need to go out there and prove himself. Preseason is live tackling and getting your running backs beat up in the preseason, I don't see the benefit. Coach Smith will determine how many carries he gets," Koetter said.
Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:08:04 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers is uncertain how the carries will be split following the offseason addition of RB Steven Jackson. Last season, free-agent RB Michael Turner (Falcons) handled 66.4 percent of the carries by the team's RBs (222 of 334 carries). Rodgers had 28.4 percent (94 carries), with RB Jason Snelling handling 5.2 percent (18 carries).
Fantasy Tip: The team has big plans for Jackson, but Rodgers plans to learn as much as he can and be ready when his number is called. As far as his fantasy value, he is a decent addition later on draft day, especially in points-per-reception (PPR) leagues.
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:05:02 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson questioned the notion that a running back is officially toast at age 30. "This is not the '70s or '80s, when it was just hard-nosed football. The game has changed. As long as I can evolve with it, I'll be just fine." He's trying to fight off effects of age by going on a gluten-free diet.
Fantasy Tip: Jackson inherits an attractive fantasy role because in addition to what Michael Turner received last year, S-Jax, whose injury history is slightly overblown, will play plenty of passing downs, as well. He's in line for a bigger receiving year, and this Falcons offense trumps what he experienced in St. Louis. Expected volume will cancel out his age at the right price, which should be that of a low-end RB1 or high-end RB2 .
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:56:56 -0700
St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford is working with the same offensive coordinator in consecutive seasons for the first time in his career, but plenty has changed about the team's offense. With RB Steven Jackson gone, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will now run the O through Bradford while trying to bust more big plays. "The speed that we have acquired and what we have on the outside now -- and even the inside -- it suits us more to spread it out and play more one-back this year," Bradford said. He also thinks defenses will have to design specific coverages for some of the speed weapons, a reversal from St. Louis' more predictable offense last season.
Rookie WR Tavon Austin is lining up in the slot, on the outside and in the backfield. Schottenheimer said Austin Pettis has had the strongest offseason of any Rams wideout. TE Jared Cook and WR Brian Quick deepen the amount of players that St. Louis hopes bolsters their red-zone potency.
Fantasy Tip: This Rams offense boasts a lot of intrigue that'll come at cheap prices in fantasy drafts. Bradford's risk has a bit more of an attractive potential behind it as a fantasy backup. Austin may become overvalued eventually but would pass as a WR4 on draft day, along with Chris Givens, their biggest breakthrough player last year. Cook might be a borderline TE1 for most of the year, if not better. Pettis and Quick might be sneaky late-rounders or free-agent bids. You can't write off this offense anymore, at least not for the cost of its pieces.
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 19:00:20 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson is enjoying the experience of learning new teammates, coaches and a playbook, and he is still growing accustomed to his new surroundings. "It's been a great time. As of right now, you can only imagine learning a new playbook," Jackson said Wednesday, June 5. "I'm trying to dump what I've learned over the years and learn the way that they do things around here, but it's a lot of fun, a lot of excitement and quite a bit of competition, so that's only going to make everyone better."
Thu, 30 May 2013 09:01:16 -0700
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith called RB Steven Jackson a "big strong running back that catches the ball extremely well. ... He's a guy who had close to 100 catches in a season, so he's a guy that we can use in the passing game."
Fantasy Tip: This isn't exactly news, but it affirms the Falcons' plan to use S-Jax as often as possible. The St. Louis Rams' offense didn't carry much potency last year, but Jackson's new squad should help boost his touchdown total along with his receptions in Dirk Koetter's offense. Jacquizz Rodgers is merely a handcuff. Even though he'll turn 30 soon, Jackson still has some juice left, and this offense will help keep his floor as a low-end RB1.
Sat, 16 Mar 2013 11:40:00 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson said he considered retirement before deciding to sign with the Falcons.