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Rams know they need help for Steven Jackson

In 2010, Rams running back Steven Jackson ran the ball 330 times.  That’s 20.6 carries per game, on average.

Later this year, Jackson will be 28.  At some point, the team needs to get him some help, or he simply won’t last many more seasons.

Rams G.M. Billy Devaney joined ProFootballTalk Live on Tuesday, and he addressed the fact that Jackson still gets the bulk of the touches at tailback.

“I gotta admit, I’ve done a lousy job,” Devaney said.  “We’ve been trying to address this for two years now, not just for Steven’s sake, to extend his career.  He can’t keep going at this pace.  The number of carries we put on him every year.  He’d be the first to say he embraces this.  He wants all the carries, he hates being on the bench and even think about sharing the load.  But whether he was 24 or 28 we’ve got to come up with a guy that could spell Steven her and there, when there isn’t a great drop off.  We’re aware of that, and we’re going to try to address that, whether it’s in the draft or in free agency at some point.”

The full interview with Devaney appears at the PFT Live home page.  Or you can listen to the podcast, which is available on iTunes.

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8 Responses to “Rams know they need help for Steven Jackson”
  1. hobartbaker says: Apr 12, 2011 4:13 PM

    Help has arrived. Josh McDaniels. Now Bradford might try throwing a pass upfield instead of sideways all the time.

  2. tombradyswig says: Apr 12, 2011 4:13 PM

    330 CPY = BEAST!

  3. schmitty2 says: Apr 12, 2011 4:24 PM

    Mcdaniels will personally make sure he loses touches..1 of 2 things happens..either S Jax gets ticked and wants out or his career winds down alot quicker. Rams need to be smart about this and get an RB in rounds 2 or 3

  4. nabz034 says: Apr 12, 2011 4:50 PM

    They need a true #1 WR even worse. Clayton and the kid from Cinci isnt going to cut it.

  5. dgforreal says: Apr 12, 2011 5:02 PM

    Sucks. Dude is a great back that’s going to have to retire before his time if he doesn’t get some support.

    As a Niner fan I’ve seen this all too much with Gore.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Apr 12, 2011 5:20 PM

    You had better hope you’ve got a 20 carry per game running back. If you don’t, your QB will be on his butt more than on his feet.

    Bradford throwing sideways. – that was all they did in college. Just because Texas did it all the time (bubble screen), his college coach must have thought it would work for him. Not!

  7. hendeeze says: Apr 12, 2011 9:26 PM

    And by helping him, you start by releasing his fullback……..

    Its ok the niners need a good FB.

  8. bballou3 says: Aug 14, 2011 10:45 PM

    Since when did Jerious Norwood sign with the Rams? He is still a Falcon.

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