Jackson said on ESPN that he believes his versatility and ability to make plays in both the running game and the passing game makes him one of the five best running backs in football.
“I would definitely put myself in the top five running backs in this league,” Jackson said. “There are a lot of great ones out there, but I feel like I can do everything: I can run, I can catch, I can block, stay out there on third downs. I think if you can do that you can definitely consider yourself one of the best backs in the league. The number one thing I’ve got to do is go out and prove it, and I’m looking forward to that challenge this year.”
Jackson was off to a great start before his 2011 season was cut short by a broken leg: He had 934 yards in just 10 games and was averaging 5.5 yards a carry. But Jackson has never even finished in the Top 10 in the NFL in rushing yards in any season, which makes it seem like a stretch to call him a Top 5 running back.