Power back Steven Jackson has been out all preseason with a hamstring injury, but he told media that number 39 will be on the field starting against the New Orleans Saints.
“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.”
In HBO’s Hard Knocks, each episode highlighted Jackson working out hard and mentally training himself to be back on the gridiron ASAP.
It looks like the hard work has paid off for the possible future Hall Of Famer. Jackson is the only active running back to record at least 10,000 rushing yards and 3,500 receiving yards in the history of the NFL, which is saying something.
The Falcons have a strong bundle of runners this season. It starts with Steven Jackson holding the starting gig, with Jacquizz Rodgers not far behind. These two will handle most of the rushing duties, but Antone Smith and rookie Devonta Freeman shouldn’t go unnoticed. Freeman had arguably the best camp and preseason out of every Falcon, and do you remember Antone’s 67 yard burst to the end zone in week four? These four are ready to set off a fire.
Atlanta Falcons Running Back Depth Chart
|Steven Jackson |
|Jacquizz Rodgers |