Before the 2011 season, the Cleveland Browns front office made a rare move and actually signed a play making free agent. His name was Brandon Jackson.
A rookie in 2007, Jackson put his name on the map by filling in for injured starter Ryan Grant in 2010. Carrying the load, Jackson ran for 703 yards in 16 games as a starter/back up running back. Jackson caught another 43 balls out of the backfield from the aerial themed Green Bay Packers‘ offense. The former second round pick found the end zone four times and had 342 yards in receiving. Jackson appeared to be the ultimate change of pace back and added a nice spark to the Packers’ offense. After the 2010 campaign, the Packers and their high powered attack let Jackson go to free agency.
He would be the perfect alternate running back for the Cleveland revamped west coast offense. Unfortunately, much like the Browns’ luck over the past 13 years, Jackson suffered a major toe injury in training camp that ended his season. It was a huge blow to Cleveland’s circus show at running back.
So this brings us to this season. BJax, as his teammates like to call him, rehabbed and looked ready to go for the 2012 optimistic season. So what’s the problem? Pat Shurmur for a reason that is entirely unclear, has activated Jackson just once this season. This means that the six-year pro has made the 46 man game day roster one time out of five games. How is this possible? Is there an injury that we don’t know about? This is completely mind boggling to fans.
In Jackson’s only appearance of the year, he was used sparingly out of the backfield and had two catches for 20 yards. Is there something we are all missing? In a season that has gone south faster than you could say “With the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…”, what would it hurt to activate Jackson the rest of the way?
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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