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Falcons don’t plan to use Steven Jackson much in the preseason

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In Sunday’s one-liners, there was a note about running back Jacquizz Rodgers helping new teammate Steven Jackson learn the intricacies of the Falcons offense.

That effort will continue into training camp as Jackson prepares for a lead role in his first season as a Falcon. The rest of the veteran Falcons offensive players will likely be involved in that effort as will the team’s coaching staff, but there will be a limit to how much the Falcons push Jackson before the regular season gets underway.

“Steven’s got a gazillion carries in his career,” Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said, via the team’s website. “Coach Smith will determine how many carries he gets, but I don’t believe Steven Jackson needs a bunch of touches in the preseason. You can only run inside zone, outside zone so many times. He doesn’t need to go out there and prove himself. Preseason is live tackling and getting your running backs beat up in the preseason, I don’t see the benefit. Coach Smith will determine how many carries he gets.”

Even with Jackson still working to pick up the offense, there’s nothing surprising about the Falcons’ approach. A player with his experience knows how to get himself ready for the start of the season and the team has much more to lose than gain from exposing Jackson to defenses during the summer.

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4 Responses to “Falcons don’t plan to use Steven Jackson much in the preseason”
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 7, 2013 12:57 PM

    I think they may do the same towards the beginning of the season. I don’t think there is a doubt in their minds they will be returning to the playoffs, and having Jackson in top form in December, and more importantly January, has to be a key goal for the coaching staff.

    Steven Jackson, 2013 SB MVP!!!

  2. willnit says: Jul 7, 2013 1:09 PM

    I wouldn’t either. They’ll be lucky to half a season out of him.

  3. fordmandalay says: Jul 7, 2013 2:40 PM

    I’m no Falcons fan, but for Jackson’s sake I hope they do great. That guy is a pro’s pro, one of the all-timers, and it’s a shame he was wasted with the Rams all those years.

  4. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 8, 2013 7:22 PM

    The argument to not risk an injury makes sense but on the other hand, since he is with a new team, Jackson could use some reps to get use to the offense and blocking etc.

    I think he will be an upgrade over Turner.

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