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Falcons have Steven Jackson lining up all over on offense

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When the Falcons made the move from Michael Turner to Steven Jackson at running back, one of the obvious upsides for the offense was Jackson’s ability to make plays as a receiver that weren’t in Turner’s skill set.

The Falcons appear to be willing to get creative to make as much use of that ability as they can. Daniel Cox of the team’s website reports that the Falcons have been lining Jackson up all over the line of scrimmage during practices, something that Jackson thinks is designed to get him into one-on-one situations with linebackers as much as possible so Matt Ryan can find him in the passing game. It’s a familiar feeling for Jackson, albeit one he hasn’t felt in a while.

“It reminds me of my younger years in St. Louis when I was used more as a receiver out of the backfield,” Jackson said. “It allows me to use more tools in the shed that I have and possess. It allows me to work on things I haven’t done in a number of years.”

With Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez on the field to threaten defenses, the Falcons would be tough to stop even if Jackson were lining up in the backfield on every snap. Putting him all over the place has the potential to stretch defenses beyond their breaking point, however, and it will be interesting to see which poison defenses pick on Sundays this year.

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18 Responses to “Falcons have Steven Jackson lining up all over on offense”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Aug 7, 2013 11:31 AM

    Atlanta wouldn’t know what a Superbowl looked like even if they were given a can of soup and a spoon. #ForeverRingless

  2. michaeljacksonisback says: Aug 7, 2013 11:39 AM

    The worst short yardage, goal line RB in history!!!

  3. themackstrong says: Aug 7, 2013 11:39 AM

    I watched him play a few games a year for his whole career. He runs hard as any running back in the league but is a monster with his size. He has great hands but for some reason every Rams coordinator rarely featured that and they have had many. ATL coordinator is pretty crafty and I see a few screens coming for Jackson.

  4. westampa says: Aug 7, 2013 11:45 AM

    Who needs an O-line when you have Matty Ice, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Tony G, and S-Jax!!!! – Falcons fans

  5. jimmyt says: Aug 7, 2013 11:47 AM

    Flat out beast. Good luck except for when you play the Rams. Got a feeling the Falcons are ready to dominate the NFC though.

  6. garrison1981 says: Aug 7, 2013 11:50 AM

    Not a falcon fan but this is gonna be a scary offense n very fun to watch!

  7. schmitty2 says: Aug 7, 2013 11:55 AM

    Adding a RB who can catch passes and is still decent in the running game is only going to make the Falcons a more potent offense than it already is. If their defense can play up to par they have to be considered a SB contender.

  8. jethrie says: Aug 7, 2013 12:12 PM

    The window is closing on this team. After this run, they will have to rebuild or sputter out and waste Matt Ryan.

  9. t8ertot says: Aug 7, 2013 12:19 PM

    He asked to be moved around after Vontaze Burfict layed the smack down on him

  10. clarencewhorley says: Aug 7, 2013 12:33 PM

    A killer play will be when Jackson runs a circle route or sneaks through the line and gets in the space the middle linebacker vacates when he drops to try to stop Tony Gonzalez.

    That should be open all year and an easy way to get 4-6 yards plus whatever run after catch is there.

    With the wide receivers they have the safeties have to stay high so I would suspect SJ gets 4-6 catches just from that play every game

  11. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Aug 7, 2013 1:01 PM

    I saw him a lot in the nfc west. Steven Jackson does not have the good/great hands that he’s being credited with. Nor can he “line up all over the field” like a Reggie Bush or a Brian Westbrook split out wide. He’s a big, bruising back who likes to dance when he should be going north and south and has a habit of appearing in some seriously awesome TV commercials and that’s about it.

    If ATL thinks that more checkdowns and wheel routes are what they need out of a back, fine. If they think Jackson can stay on the field for 3rd downs for the first time in his career, fine. Anything else is either a new trick for an old dog or it’s just more offseason noise.

  12. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 7, 2013 1:03 PM

    “Worst short yardage/goal line back in history”

    Even if this were true, Atlanta can score from a distance and has a pair of solid red zone targets you may have heard of: Tony G and Roddy White.

    This team, as constructed, has to be considered the most high powered offense in the league right now I would think. The defense is unspectacular but has done a great job with the overall “bend but don’t break” philosophy. Now if they can just hold a lead and run the clock out…

  13. garyhd01 says: Aug 7, 2013 1:13 PM

    as a lifelong ram fan anyone that says anything about sjax having shortcomings is either blind or a hater he ran against a stacked box again and again he ran for over 1000 yards 9 years in a row. he played behind weak o lines, had he played for a team with receivers and an o line like Atlanta has he wouldn’t have had to face this type of defense. this year he will get 1000 yards with less carries due to the surprise factor and even when the defense is trying to stack the box to get off the field sjax is a bigger better beast in the 4th quarter hope the best for him except week 2 against my rams

  14. schmitty2 says: Aug 7, 2013 1:55 PM

    competitivecompetitioncompeter says:Aug 7, 2013 1:01 PM

    I saw him a lot in the nfc west. Steven Jackson does not have the good/great hands that he’s being credited with. Nor can he “line up all over the field” like a Reggie Bush or a Brian Westbrook split out wide. He’s a big, bruising back who likes to dance when he should be going north and south and has a habit of appearing in some seriously awesome TV commercials and that’s about it.

    If ATL thinks that more checkdowns and wheel routes are what they need out of a back, fine. If they think Jackson can stay on the field for 3rd downs for the first time in his career, fine. Anything else is either a new trick for an old dog or it’s just more offseason noise.

    Yes, because averaging 45 catches a year over 9 years including 90 in 2006 is definetely a sign that someone doesn’t have good hands! Come on man!

  15. shichiaikan says: Aug 7, 2013 2:11 PM

    I’m a lifelong 49ers fan, and given last years heartbreaking finish and the potential of the team this year, I have to say, the only team in the NFC that legitimately scares me this year, is the Falcons.

    Doesn’t hurt that I was tracking them all last season via Fantasy (Had Matt Ryan & Roddy White), so I know they can beat teams even without using their running game. If the curse doesn’t hold up, it could very well be Atlanta vs. Denver in the Bowl… though I’m hoping for Kaep vs. Manning, hehe.

  16. larrydavid7000 says: Aug 7, 2013 2:17 PM

    For fantasy football I like Jackson and the RB in Houston. The only problem is their both china dolls. Any ideas who to pick between these two RB.

  17. ruffridin says: Aug 7, 2013 10:46 PM

    Gonzo and Jackson are close to the end but with a young D and Ryan, Jones, and White why do some people say their window is closing?

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 12, 2013 12:34 AM

    I like this off season addition for the Falcons. But watching him in the preseason game with the Bengals, Jackson looked uncomfortable. It’s early but he does not appear to fit into the offense yet.

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