Sep 8, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) runs as New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont

Fred Jackson "looks capable of a larger role than many people expected"


Fans and fantasy owners were expecting C.J. Spiller to have a break out year as he was given a heavier workload. At 32 many would expect Jackson to feel less capable, physically, when it comes to playing football. Most running backs drop off after hitting that 30 year-old mark.

“Not at all,” Jackson said. “I still feel like I can play. I’ve said it all along, I wouldn’t be in there if I didn’t feel like I can still compete and play at this level. Yesterday was just a good way to hit the ground running and show I can still compete.”

Jackson led the Bills in rushing with 67 yards and receiving with 41 yards. Despite that performance Spiller is still the featured back for this team after rushing for 1,244 yards last season. According to the Buffalo NewsJackson “looks capable of a larger role than many people expected.”

“I’m going to have to do what’s asked of me,” Jackson said. “I can’t control what they decide to do with carries. But I’ll be ready, whatever my role is. I’ve always felt I can contribute, and when I get the opportunity … I’ll be ready.”

Jackson was voted a captain by his teammates.

“Fred is an extremely productive player, one of our better players, all-around great player, willing to do anything for us,” said center Eric Wood. “That’s a dude I’m going to battle with every time. I love having Fred Jackson on my team.”

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  • NWBill

    Don’t understand why people think this guy is “washed up” – he’s been the model of consistency and overall durability for years. Just because Spiller will have a more prominent role this year (and rightly so), doesn’t mean that a good, creative coaching staff can’t find ways to benefit from having both of them active in this offense. That was one of the reasons why Chan Gailey failed – he wasn’t creative enough, and favored the veterans a little too much. Marrone and staff are a different beast altogether – and that’s good for everyone concerned.

    Marrone’s not perfect (he’s got to do better with end-of-game time management against teams like New England) but he has already turned things around so much, it’s just a matter of time for he and his staff to be one of the best ones in the league.