Steven Jackson Has Been Disappointing Through First 2 Weeks

Sep 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) runs with the ball for a touchdown with defense by St. Louis Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree (52) in the first quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Jackson could reportedly miss 2-4 weeks with a thigh injury that he suffered on the first drive of last Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams. Jackson was signed to a three-year deal this off season, and he was the Falcon’s biggest free agent signing after letting Michael Turner go. Has Steven Jackson been disappointing this year?

Jackson was supposed to be the offensive piece that put the Falcons over the edge and onto the Super Bowl. Through the first two weeks, Jackson has been borderline disappointing, only have played a game a quarter. In that time, he has rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown with six receptions for 53 yards.

While those numbers are nothing to look past, 77 rush yards isn’t what we paid for. S-Jax is one of the best running backs of this century. He has fantastic hands for a running back. He is humongous, but he can outrun everyone on the field. He is a freak of nature. With all that talent and gifts, he should be in much higher in the total rushing yards.

The offensive line is terrible. You can’t deny the fact they don’t create holes and don’t give Matt Ryan much protection. How much better was St. Louis’ line when he was there? It is evident that age must be catching up to Jackson, who once rushed for 1,400 yards in a season. 1,000 yards is almost a reach for Jackson this year if he misses more than two games.

Luckily, the Falcons have some talented backs behind Steven Jackson to replace him for the few weeks he will be out. Jason Snelling impressed everyone when Jackson left the game on Sunday. In only two attempts, he had 19 yards a touchdown. Snelling plays the big, almost full back like position, yet he still has decent speed and excellent blocking skills. Jacquizz Rodgers is a pass-catching and quick running back who is a little guy, but he can block as well as any running back in the league.

S-Jax has plenty of time to step his game up this year. It will certainly help Jackson’s case if the offensive line picks up their play.

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  • John

    Because I like to start trouble: Why wouldn’t the Falcons just go to Turner and ask if he would be willing to play for cheap money… he ain’t making anything right now and he should know most of the playbook

    • Cameron Adamczyk

      Interesting thought, but it wouldn’t be worth the time. Snelling and Rodgers can fill in for 2-4 weeks. It would take Turner that long to run from endzone to endzone.

  • phallisy

    Ok the Flacons Defense really stinks but don’t get me wrong
    their offense lines really blows as well. I was going to call in the show
    right after the Stephen Jackson Signing and voice my concern but never did.

    I know now I look like a Monday morning Quarterback but this
    is what I have on him. I knew he would be a bust and not work out for many
    reasons. He is not a winner point blank! I have played sports my entire life
    and have been on undefeated teams and some teams not so good. I have won
    many city championship in ALTA tennis and it’s a huge difference when you play
    with someone who knows how to win rather than a very talented player who
    doesn’t.

    Stephen Jackson is a great athlete no question about it and
    probably has a good work ethic. He is not a winner though. His record after 9
    seasons with the rams was 44-99 the best they ever did was win 8 games . His 3
    years in college he never won more than 8 games in a season. The most
    successful season he ever had was in High school in Nevada which he LOST
    in the final game. Not sure how completive Nevada high school football is but I
    feel pretty confident it doesn’t compare to the south. The last factor is how
    can you sign a running back that has been in the league for 9 years and
    think they are going to carry the load. This league is about fresh legs and
    drafting young studs that will carry the load for 4 to 5 years tops.

    Without the running game the opposing team knows we
    are throwing every down.

    Thanks and have a great day.

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