What Will Marrone Do With Jackson?

Dec. 9, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) runs the ball during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

It was apparent last season that Chan Gailey’s plan to split time between the runningbacks just didn’t work. While C.J. Spiller emerged as one of the league’s top young rushers, it seemed like Fred Jackson was the odd man out. Although he did have a few notable performances, its hard to argue he is even close to Spiller when it comes to upside.

That leaves us with the question, what are the Bills going to do with Fred Jackson? Many have said the Bills should trade him for something that would have a greater value on the team, but in this day and age you rarely get anything for runningbacks. They are a dime a dozen and people go through undrafted free agent rushers like they are candy.

It comes down to whether this team is better with Fred Jackson on the roster. If they are going to step away from him, its likely by cutting him from the team with nothing in return. Is Spiller ready to take the load entirely? He seemed to be while Jackson was injured, when C.J. had some of his best games.

Marrone has put a run first offense into place at Syracuse, so its likely that he takes a similar path here in Buffalo. Is he ready to hand the torch to Spiller for good? We’ll just have to wait and see.