Atlanta Falcons Training Camp Profile: Steven Jackson
Romantically breaking up may be hard to do, but getting a divorce in the NFL is just a part of everyday life. Running back Steven Jackson came to realize that this offseason when the lifelong member of the St. Louis Rams traded in his horned helmet for one with a bird of prey on the side.
Now with the Atlanta Falcons, S-Jax looks to finally realize the one thing that has eluded him during his professional career. No, not a Super Bowl even though that would be nice too. I’m merely talking about a winning season! Jackson has been mired in a difficult situation with a Rams franchise that suffered quite a hangover after the Greatest Show on Turf days from the early part of the 2000s.
The Falcons have Super Bowl aspirations and have been an over .500 team in every season under Head Coach Mike Smith’s direction. Adding Jackson to their offensive recipe figures to only figure develop the flavors of their offensive attack. His consistency has mirrored that of Atlanta over the past few years as Jackson has enjoyed eight consecutive seasons with over 1,000 yards rushing.
What could complicate matters at bit with the Falcons is the up-and-coming Jacquizz Rodgers who stole several carries away from another veteran in Michael Turner last season. Jackson figures to be the thunder to Rodgers’ lightning, but after an expanded role in his second season, it’s likely the Falcons see Rodgers toting the ball with even more frequency in 2013. In an offense that is primarily a pass-oriented attack that doesn’t leave many more carries to go around.
A nagging groin issue hampered S-Jax last season in St. Louis, and at the age of 30 by the time training camp opens up, it’s hard to tell just how much he has left in the tank. Seeing just what kind of practice reps Jackson gets during camp will shed some light on his potential role with the Falcons in the upcoming season. He may figure in on short yardage and goal line situations as the power back on the team, and while that’s great from a fantasy football perspective, it might not be ideal from an overall production standpoint.
It’s tough to doubt a player that has consistently produced the way Jackson has during his NFL career. Even though the Falcons have a pass first offense with Matt Ryan at the helm, there’s no doubt both S-Jax and veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez will do all that they can to add that elusive Lombardi Trophy to their already sparkling resumes before calling it a career.