Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson was upset last week after he was listed as the team’s No. 2 running back behind C.J. Spiller against the Denver Broncos–mainly because he’s been the No. 1 running back for the last two seasons. After expressing his frustration about the situation, Jackson received some assurance on Tuesday–basically saying he doesn’t have to worry about losing the starting job for the 2011 season.
According to John Wawrow of the Associated Press, Jackson was informed by offensive coordinator and running backs coach Curtis Modkins that he’s still the No. 1 running back for the Bills over Spiller. Jackson and Spiller should provide Buffalo with a dynamic duo at running back–but it appears Jackson cares more about being the starter instead of doing what’s best for the team.
Either way, there’s no reason why Jackson should be concerned at this point when it comes to the starting job in Buffalo–even if the team used their first-round pick on Spiller last year. Not only is Jackson the team’s leading rusher over the last two seasons with 1,989 yards, but Spiller still has a lot of work before he’s even close to being considered a team’s top running back.
The fact that Spiller only rushed for 283 yards as a rookie last season and has only produced 13 rushing yards the first two preseason games means Jackson has nothing to worry about when it comes to being the starting running back for the Bills.
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