May 28, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) runs a drill during organized team activities at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Season Expectations: Running Back Fred Jackson


Fred Jackson is the elder statesman on this Buffalo Bills offense; with the combination of being in a contract year and being 33 years old, the almighty question becomes is this the end for him? Without question, Jackson is the leader and heart of this team. While he doesn’t have the number of carries as most NFL running backs have at his age or years served in the league; however father time doesn’t bend for anyone.

That being said, Fred Jackson is a tremendous athlete while he doesn’t have the freakish speed of C.J. Spiller; however not many running backs do. He is a downhill runner, can catch the ball out of the backfield and in a pinch can return kickoffs as he did all of that in the 2009 season and did it well too. The only problem is that it’s now 2014 and his gas tank is getting much closer to empty than full. Some people think that he has plenty left, however it is doubtful especially now that the Bills acquired 23 year old running back Bryce Brown via a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2014 NFL Draft.

The almighty question comes down to what will Fred Jackson do for the Bills  in 2014? If he stays healthy for all 16 games, Jackson should amass anywhere between 500 and 700 yards with 5 touchdown runs even if Spiller has a breakout season and is the feature star in the backfield this year. Besides the rushing stats, Jackson could have a touchdown catch and likely 200 yards receiving if he completes a full season.

All and all, it should become interesting to see how this highly trio backfield group of C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, and now Bryce Brown performs together this year for the Buffalo Bills and especially if they all can stay healthy together and create a three headed monster.

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  • NWBill

    I’d start CJ, and rotate Bryce Brown and Fred at the other RB spot, except in short yardage – then I’d put one of the bruising pile-movers in. Since they’re also adept at receiving, I’d also put them in the slot, opposite Robert Woods, in 4 receiver sets sometimes; maybe run screens and bubble plays for them from there, just to keep the defense honest. Both players have the skills to turn those types of plays into long gainers, especially Brown …so they’d be real threats from those plays. The downside would be moving Fred out of the backfield; he’s the best RB on the team at picking up blitzes and blocking in the backfield on pass plays.

  • Zachary Alexander

    Fred Jackson is the truth. Enough said haha.