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


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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. “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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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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