Chris Brown was answering questions on the Buffalo Bills team website when a fan asked a question about running back Fred Jackson and his role in the offense. With C.J. Spiller thriving and a mobile quarterback coming into play it could have Jackson receiving less carries.
With all this talk and hype surrounding Spiller’s role in 2013, where does that leave Fred Jackson? How much action will he get this season, and when (3rd downs, goal line carries, carries to give Spiller a rest, or will he have a bigger role than we think)?
“I think Fred’s role won’t be as prominent as it was last season or the year before, but if this offense operates at peak efficiency they’ll be running 75-80 plays a game,” Brown replied. “If that happens there will be enough plays for C.J. to get his 25-30 touches and still enough left over for Fred to see 12-18 touches. Where they’re used on the field and in what situations is a game by game type situation.”
Fred Jackson saw his production drop off considerably last season. He carried the ball 115 times for 437 yards and 3 touchdowns. The season prior to that he carried the ball 170 times for 934 yards and 6 touchdowns.