Dec 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) stiff arms Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (58) on a run in the first half at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Atlanta Falcons throw support behind Steven Jackson

Despite having a terribly subpar and injury riddled first season with the Atlanta Falcons in 2013, the immediate future may be bright for running back Steven Jackson. While it seems as though he’s cursed, as his losing ways form St. Louis followed him to Atlanta last year, head coach Mike Smith hasn’t lost faith in Jackson and threw his support behind his running back this week at the Owner’s Meetings.


“Unfortunately, Steven was injured last year and we didn’t really get a chance to see what he was capable of doing until the last four or five games. But you’ve got to have a big back when you have to get the two or three yards. Especially late in the season, you’ve got to be able to run the football.”

Jackson is the biggest back that the Falcons have and that means he’ll be very useful in 2014 if he can stay healthy. After his 2013 campaign, that’s a bigger ‘if’ than most teams would be comfortable with but the Falcons are sticking by Jackson.

He may not be an MVP caliber running back, but Jackson has something left in the tank and he also has something to prove in 2014.

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