Despite finishing with the best record in the NFC during the regular season last year, the Atlanta Falcons struggled when it came to their ground game as they finished the season ranked 29th–which played a big part in the team’s decision to part ways with Michael Turner this offseason. While the Falcons were already considered one of the top teams in the NFC heading into 2013, their roster became even stronger this week thanks to the addition of former St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson.
Atlanta signed Jackson to a three-year, $12 million deal and despite his age–this could turn out to be a huge steal for the Falcons considering how consistent he’s been over the years. He may not post the type of numbers Arian Foster or Adrian Peterson displays each season, but Jackson has been one of the most consistent running backs throughout his career as he’s rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of the last eight seasons.
For a team that ranked 29th overall last year when it came to rushing yards per game–Jackson is just what the Falcons needed to come back even stronger next season.
After falling just short of representing the NFC in Super Bowl XLVII, the Falcons should be strong contenders once again next season and with all of the moves made by the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks–the addition of Jackson was a move that needed to take place in order for this to happen.
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