Steven Jackson is entering the first year with the Falcons, after spending the first nine years of his career with the Rams. This will come as no surprise: The Falcons are not going to give Steven Jackson a heavy workload this preseason.
“Steven’s got a gazillion carries in his career,” Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said. “Coach Smith will determine how many carries he gets, but I don’t believe Steven Jackson needs a bunch of touches in the preseason. You can only run inside zone, outside zone so many times. He doesn’t need to go out there and prove himself. Preseason is live tackling and getting your running backs beat up in the preseason, I don’t see the benefit. Coach Smith will determine how many carries he gets.”
This is a smart move by the Falcons, they need to get every last bit of what football Jackson has left in him.