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Steven Jackson expects to close out a lot of games in Atlanta

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In his first season in Atlanta after nine years in St. Louis, Steven Jackson is ready to get fewer carries. But Jackson thinks the carries he does get are going to lead to more wins.

Jackson says he’s ready for a lower quantity of carries but higher quality carries — meaning, he thinks the Falcons are going to have a lot of fourth-quarter leads, and they’re going to hand off to Jackson a lot to protect those leads.

“This offense has so many weapons that I’m going to get quality carries,” Jackson said. “I’m going to have opportunities — they may not be 25 carries a game, but they’re going to be quality carries that allow me to close out a game.”

That would be great news for Falcons coach Mike Smith, who said that in addition to Jackson running the ball, the Falcons will incorporate Jackson into their passing game as well.

“He’s a guy that can catch the ball out of the backfield, does a good job with checkdown screens, and he’s a big guy,” Smith said. “When he gets his shoulders going north and south, he’s a tough guy to tackle. We plan on hopefully getting him in space quite a bit, with him catching the ball out of the backfield.”

As both a runner and a receiver, Jackson should be an upgrade over last year’s No. 1 running back, Michael Turner. The presence of Jackson makes an already good offense better.

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30 Responses to “Steven Jackson expects to close out a lot of games in Atlanta”
  1. michaeljacksonisback says: Jun 19, 2013 6:09 PM

    Wait till its 4th and 1 and he stutter steps and loses 3 yards

  2. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 19, 2013 6:09 PM

    I expect the NFC south to be a solid 3rd or 4th best division in the NFC again this year!

  3. kwjsb says: Jun 19, 2013 6:10 PM

    A guy deserving to be on a winner.

  4. prmpft says: Jun 19, 2013 6:15 PM

    they might as well give him a crack at it – ryan CAN’T…

  5. despenc925 says: Jun 19, 2013 6:16 PM

    he’s what completes that offense. if they don’t beast this year…they never will. and this is coming from an unbiased 49er fan!

  6. vbe2 says: Jun 19, 2013 6:20 PM

    He’s done. He’ll collect some paychecks for a year or two, but his career has seen its best days.

  7. beckzhere says: Jun 19, 2013 6:31 PM

    As long as he can convert on 3rd and 1 or 4th and 1, I’m fine. That was something that Michael Turner couldn’t quite handle.

  8. schmitty2 says: Jun 19, 2013 6:38 PM

    For all of you geniuses who think he is washed up-he got over 1,000 yards last year while spending numerous series on the sidelines. He has made a career out of running for a ton of yards behind some of the worst o-lines in history. Although he has slowed down he is still a lot faster than Turner was AND can catch passes as well. Falcons fans should be excited.

  9. 4thqtrsaint says: Jun 19, 2013 6:51 PM

    Nice, at least he plans on getting used 2-3 times next year. That’s how many times they’ll need to just run out the clock.

  10. thesteelers says: Jun 19, 2013 6:54 PM

    He should expect IR by week 2. Old.

  11. atlfan31833 says: Jun 19, 2013 7:02 PM

    Went to their open practice today. SJ looks like a beast! Looking forward to seeing what the team does this year.

  12. antonio says: Jun 19, 2013 7:13 PM

    Saints fan here… I was not pleased when I heard Jackson was going to Atlanta. We always seem to have trouble stopping him and now we have to play him twice a year!

  13. thefox61 says: Jun 19, 2013 7:26 PM

    So, how does this help my fantasy team?

  14. SeenThisB4 says: Jun 19, 2013 7:53 PM

    They never will.

  15. evilglazers666 says: Jun 19, 2013 8:14 PM

    Should be easy against the Bucs and Panthers twice!

  16. scdocal says: Jun 19, 2013 8:33 PM

    Love all the haters. Stephen Jackson will do exactly what we need him for. Catch balls out of backfield, open up middle of the field, and get those crucial 1downs to keep the defense off the field. Glad we got him for basically nothing.

  17. musicman495 says: Jun 19, 2013 8:56 PM

    Wishful thinking.

  18. kane337 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:38 PM

    Can’t wait to see Steven Jackson take the field for the Falcons.

  19. thetooloftools says: Jun 19, 2013 9:40 PM

    This man will deliver. Back up the truck because he will haul it.

  20. jeffinstlouis says: Jun 19, 2013 9:45 PM

    Steven was a true professional in St Louis. He endured being on losing teams and never spoke a bad word about the organization or the city. Even last year with two new backs cutting into his carries.

    He deserves to go out with a winner. I hope he closes out 12-14 wins for Atlanta this year and goes deep into the playoffs. Best wishes Steven, we’ll miss you.

  21. computojon says: Jun 19, 2013 9:46 PM

    As a lifelong Ram fan, I can say to Falcon fans that you will be very happy Jackson is on your team.

  22. orndorf2 says: Jun 19, 2013 10:09 PM

    Was RB the problem with this offense….or just the scape goat for the guy calling plays, fumbling snaps & throwing interceptions? S Jackson will be let down again by his teammates.

  23. jonesjack says: Jun 19, 2013 11:03 PM

    “michaeljacksonisback says:
    Jun 19, 2013 6:09 PM
    Wait till its 4th and 1 and he stutter steps and loses 3 yards”

    —————————————–

    You haven’t been paying attention. That was SJ many seasons ago. For the last handful he has run hard, taken care of the ball and when asked the QB too.

    I was sorry to see him leave but understand. The Falcons are getting a class act that brings effort and physical play every snap.

  24. msclemons67 says: Jun 19, 2013 11:21 PM

    How can anyone hate on Stephen Jackson? He’s a complete pro, a class act and a great player.

    Smart move by Atlanta to bring him on board.

  25. myeaglescantwin says: Jun 20, 2013 7:21 AM

    maybe a good 5th round fantasy selection??

  26. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 20, 2013 8:15 AM

    Stephen Jackson will be a total flop for the Falcons, their fans will be so disappointed with the team next year as they slip into second in the NFC South when a much improved New Orleans Saints squad beats them badly and breaks their will. Also, look for their quarterback to be out with injuries by week 3. You heard it hear first.

  27. trspat says: Jun 20, 2013 8:20 AM

    As a Rams fan I watched teams load up the box on a regular basis and dare Bradford to beat them. But now… I dare teams to load 8-9-10 men in the box and leave Julio and Roddy with single coverage. Of course the won’t do this, and Jackson will be more free than ever. And if they do use him out the backfield and get him in open space, he will have a career high this season and prob lead the league if he stays healthy! That’s the only if I see. Atl is the only team in my opinion that can take out the 49ers before they play Denver in the Bowl. Seattle will implode somehow.

  28. greenmeattruck says: Jun 20, 2013 8:25 AM

    There aren’t many people that I’d be afraid to try to tackle, but I think he’s one of them.

  29. garyhd01 says: Jun 20, 2013 9:43 AM

    lifelong rams fan here! when I read that he Is too old etc. I smile the rams had no offensive weapons to speak of last year the opponents have stacked the box against the run, they knew he was coming and they got a 500 yds season from their rookie and yet Jackson got his 9th straight 1000 yard season. he is a workout warrior always came to camp ready to play and will pick up the stray pass rusher as an extra safe haven for matty ice if I were a falcons fan (and im not) I would find something else to worry about because sjax will be there and he plays hurt when others don’t.

  30. turfrage says: Jun 20, 2013 10:26 PM

    Jackson left wanting to go to a team to get MORE carries. Seems he’s met with the bosses and just found out his fate. Guess he’s choking on the “I want to be an every down guy”. He’s got the talent, but doubt they use him like he thought they would.

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