Tag:Fred Jackson
Posted on: August 17, 2010 11:19 am
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Fred Jackson could be back earlier than expected

Posted by Will Brinson

In Buffalo, after the injuries to Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch, it was supposed to be C.J. Spiller time for the first few weeks of the season. (Also, it's why they were semi-interested in Brian Westbrook, perhaps?)

Good news for the Bills though, comes in the form of Jackson's determination to get on the field as soon as possible -- he told the Buffalo News Monday he hopes to be back in time for the regular season.

"I want to get back as soon as I can,'' Jackson said after Monday morning practice. "My thoughts are that I definitely want to be back by the [regular-season] opener."

That's obviously a best-case scenario, but if Buffalo trainers and Jackson's doctors are on board with him returning that soon, the Bills should be happy. After all, Spiller could shoulder the full load for the team's running game, but clearly they'd rather have multiple options out of the backfield instead.

Jackson's early return would give them that in what amounts to a critical early season game against a divisional foe (they open with Miami).

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:52 pm
 

Spiller ready for his new role

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As Andy mentioned earlier today , Bills running backs Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch are out with injuries, and first-round RB C.J. Spiller will take many of their carries in the next few weeks of practice.

Spiller, for his part, said he’s ready for more responsible. 

“You never want to see two great guys go down like that,” Spiller told reporters today. “But you always have to be prepared and I’ve been preparing myself well-enough by studying my playbook, just going and getting the reps and then meeting with some guys, listening to them on how to do things. I feel a whole lot more comfortable going into this game than I did last week because it was my first game.

“You have to prepare yourself as if you’re next in line. That’s kind of how I’ve been doing it. That’s how I did OTAs, that’s how I did it in minicamps. That’s how I’m going to approach this. We had two great guys go down so I’m the next guy in line, and I’ll try and step up. They’re big shoes to try and fill but I’m going to try to do my best.”

In Buffalo’s 42-17 loss to the Redskins, Spiller carried the ball four times for 16 yards. So far, he feels like he’s fitting in with the offense. 

“I communicate well, and for protections, we’re on the same page,” he said. “That’s the main thing of being an offense, you have to talk to each other, give each other feedback of what’s going on out there. We did some of that during the game last week and hopefully that continues as we prepare for this week.”

And as for Jackson?

“I want to get back as soon as I can,” he said. “My thought is that I definitely want to be back by the opener.”

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 11:43 am
 

Buffalo, San Fran interested in Westbrook too?

Posted by Will Brinson

Brian Westbrook's been quite cautious with his free agency this offseason, which is rather rare for an aging running back with concussion issues. Theoretically, he'd like to jump on the first team that could offer him a good contract and some playing time, before the rest of the 2002 Pro Bowlers (Larry Johnson, Willie Parker) filled those spots.

Turns out, his patience was a smart move: yesterday, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan mentioned Washington's renewed interest in the back , and now it appears that the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers would also be interested in inking the former Eagle.

That's via Chris Russell of the Reskins Radio Network , who says he talked to Westbrook's brother Byron at Redskins practice on Monday.

According to Byron, his brother has "some new possible opportunity's [sic] in SF and Buff as well as" St. Louis.

Buffalo and San Francisco adding themselves to the mix makes perfect sense: Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch could both miss extended time into the season , while San Fran just lost Glen Coffee to a very early retirement .

And of course, St. Louis would love to have Westbrook in order to compliment Steven Jackson.

So, now that it's clear that his patience has paid off, what should Westbrook do. Personally, I think the Niners provide the best possible fit for Westbrook.

They're a contending team (in a particularly weak division) with less personnel in the backfield -- Frank Gore and new-found bruiser Anthony Dixon are the only competition for carries out by the bay.

In Washington, Westbrook's talents would certainly be utilized and he would get to play with his old buddy Donovan McNabb, but as mentioned, their depth chart is pretty full with LJ, Parker, Clinton Portis, et al. That's not to say Westbrook couldn't be better than those guys or that those guys couldn't be cut, but the path to touches is much more difficult there.

St. Louis would provide touches and good money, but the odds of winning a Super Bowl there this year are roughly 200:1 (at least according to Sportsbook ... and that's being generous, really). The same thing applies for Buffalo, with the caveat that when Jackson and Lynch return, Westbrook could see his carries drop again.

Like every decision for veterans, it may come down to how much Westbrook values winning versus playing time versus money. San Francisco just seems to offer the best combination of the three.

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 2:25 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 2:26 pm
 

Bills to be without top two running backs

Posted by Andy Benoit

According to the Buffalo News, Bills running back Fred Jackson is out 4-6 weeks. No surprise there – it was reported yesterday that Jackson hurt his hand in Buffalo’s preseason opener.

But in a double-whammy, you can add Marshawn Lynch to the injury list, as well. Lynch is out three to four weeks with a sprained ankle. The former first-round pick’s golden opportunity to steal carries back from Jackson will have to wait until September.
 
Because Jackson will likely be on the shelf when the regular season opens up, Lynch could still earn the starting nod against Miami in Week 1.

Until then, though, expect Chad Simpson (or perhaps a free agent pickup) to carry the load for the Bills. (And don’t forget, there’s still that C.J. Spiller fella.)

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 8:03 am
 

Bills lose Fred Jackson for preseason

Posted by Andy Benoit

Turns out Friday night’s 42-17 loss was even worse for the Bills than originally thought. Starting running back Fred Jackson suffered a hand injury and will miss the rest of the preseason (if not more).

“Fred hurt his hand and we hope to be able to get him back for the first game, but we’re not sure,” said head coach Chan Gailey, according to the team’s website. “It hurts. Thank goodness it’s preseason. When we get to early September it’s going to be 0-0 on the win-loss column and thank goodness for that, but we’ve got to find who can do what in these next three ballgames and get ourselves ready for that first one, that’s the biggest thing.”

The Bills have plenty of depth at running back with Marshawn Lynch and C.J. Spiller. But Jackson figures to be their featured back, at least earl on.

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Posted on: August 8, 2010 7:02 pm
 

Spiller to get early first-team reps with Bills?

Posted by Will Brinson

The ink is barely dry on C.J. Spiller's contract with the Buffalo Bills , but rumors are already floating that he could be in line for early action with the first team on offense.

This is something that Andy and I hypothesized in our AFC East Podcast Preview , since Spiller represents the best chance for the Bills to really make a splash on offense. As good as Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch may be, they don't provide the home run threat that Spiller does.

Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports that Spiller is "in line to take reps with Buffalo's offensive starters" and that he's also the team's "top option at kick returner and punt returner."

We'll know for sure when the Bills get back to practice on Monday, but on the front, this seems like a logical pair of conclusions. Andy mentioned that Spiller could be too valuable at running back to put at risk for punt and kick returns (a la Chris Johnson with the Titans) and that's certainly a possibility.

But with the Bills desperately in need of someone who can put some points on the board any time he touches the football, it'd be surprising to see Spiller anywhere other than on top of the depth chart in a couple of places.

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 3:51 pm
 

Fred Jackson upsets his son in TV dispute

F. Jackson and his son, Braeden, are on the outs because of a big-screen TV theft (Getty). Bills WR Fred Jackson spoke to the media today as he reported to training camp, and in his comments, he touched on the loss of former Buffalo WR Terrell Owens, the status of rookie RB C.J. Spiller (hint: he’s not there) and on the vibe brought by new coach Chan Gailey.

But that wasn’t what was newsworthy. Nope, what’s newsworthy – at least to Jackson’s 3-year-old son Braeden – was that Daddy took his TV away from him and put it in his temporary dorm room.

“I’ve got to have a big screen TV,” Jackson said. “That’s the first thing I carried in. It was my son’s TV and he just realized that I brought it here. The whole conversation while I was walking down the hallway was like, ‘Well, you’re taking my TV.’ I had to explain to him that Daddy’s going to borrow it for a about a month or so. Then he tells me I better bring it back."

So, how is Braeden dealing with his sudden loss?

“He just kind of understands that it’s a battle he’s not going to win,” Jackson said. “He’s just dealing with it now.”

To add insult to injury, Braeden had to help his father move in to training camp.

“He wasn’t too excited about that either,” Jackson said. “I had to promise him I’d take him to get something to eat at his favorite place, which is McDonalds. So, he’s doing that right now. Hopefully I can keep him moving and we can keep things flowing pretty easily, and he can get over me taking his TV from him.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 12, 2010 9:52 pm
 

No Spiller would be a problem for Bills

C. Spiller after Buffalo selected him in the first round (Getty) The Buffalo Bills rushed to take Clemson RB C.J. Spiller with the No. 9 pick in the NFL Draft, and since they already had Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch on the roster, some observers thought the club had reached too far with its first-round pick.

Now, the Bills could start seeing some of the fallout from that pick. Though he didn’t come right out and say it, Spiller, in an interview with the Sporting News’ Clifton Brown , alluded to the possibility of missing parts of training camp because of a contract hold-out.

“I let my agent handle all of that,” he said. "We're not going to rush. We're going to make sure we cross our T's and dot our I's, however long the process takes. I just have to be patient. I can't get antsy about the situation. I've talked to a lot of veteran guys. My teammates aren't concerned about me holding out. They know that I want to be there, but at the end of the day it's a business. You have to do what's best for your family. It was good to get that support from veteran guys already — before negotiations have heated up.”

What will this mean for the Bills?

Considering how bad Buffalo’s offense could be, I’d say it’s very important the Bills get Spiller signed before training camp begins. Jackson would be fine as the No. 1 RB – he was a 1,000-yard rusher last season, though he only scored twice – but Lynch seems to be out of favor with the squad. The team doesn’t know who its starting quarterback will be, though I’d put my money on Trent Edwards, and aside from Lee Evans, who in the heck is the quarterback going to throw to on a regular basis? They need Spiller, because he, perhaps more than anybody else, has the ability to provide some offense.

--Josh Katzowitz

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