Will Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson Bounce Back in 2013?

By Dan Parzych
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Once again, the Buffalo Bills failed to record a winning record during the regular season as they finished 6-10 in 2012 and hopefully that changes next season now that Doug Marrone is on board as head coach. Of course, if the Bills really want to figure out a way to turn things around, they’ll need a better season from running back Fred Jackson.

After dealing with injuries at times, the 31-year-old Jackson failed to put up big numbers throughout the regular season as he appeared in 10 games for the Bills and finished the year with 437 yards with three touchdowns. What’s even more frustrating for Jackson–he recorded more fumbles (five) than rushing touchdowns–which no head coach ever wants to see.

Of course, it didn’t help Jackson’s case that he lost carries to C.J. Spiller, but that was something he was aware of coming into the regular season and shouldn’t have stopped him from putting up big numbers in the first place. Jackson was still able to produce big numbers in 2011 playing alongside Spiller and if he thinks that’s going to slow down at all in 2012–he’s way off.

With running backs like Jackson and Spiller, the Bills have the potential to have one of the best duos at running back in the league that are each capable of breaking the 1,000-yard rushing mark. Hopefully, Jackson recovers enough to be fully healthy during the off-season and gets back to his old self in 2012.

Otherwise–Buffalo could be in for another losing season.

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