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22 Fred Jackson RB
Height/Weight: 6-1/216 | Birthdate: 2/20/1981 | Birthplace: Fort Worth, TX, USA | Team: Buffalo | College: Coe | NFL Experience: 9 | Owned/Started%: 96/62 | Average Draft Position: 142.14
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Bills plan to reduce Fred Jackson's workload in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn indicated Tuesday the team will reduce veteran running back Fred Jackson's workload in 2015 to make sure he can stay fresh the entire season, according to the team's official website. The 34-year-old running back is entering his 10th season.

“Fred had over 500 snaps last year and I think he wore down a bit at the end of the season,” Lynn said. “If we can take half of that off his plate I think you’ll see a fresher Fred Jackson and a more explosive Fred Jackson.”


Bills RB Fred Jackson vows to battle for starting job


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) The assumption is that newly acquired stud running back LeSean McCoy is set to start for the Bills in 2015. But one man refuses to take that for granted.

That man is Fred Jackson.

The veteran back knows that McCoy is getting the big money. He understands that at 34 years old, the Bills might be looking to phase him out. But he vows not to go down without a fight.

"I know they want [McCoy] to be the 'bell cow.'" McCoy told the Buffalo News. "They want him to take the majority of the load. But I'm not going to make it easy for him. I'm not going to just hand it to him and say, 'Here's the job.'"

Jackson, along more recently with C.J. Spiller, had served as the Bills' featured back for eight years. But he is coming off a season in which a groin-muscle tear reduced his effectiveness. Jackson rushed for just 525 yards last year and a career-low 3.7 YPC.


Report: Bills say Fred Jackson 'isn't going anywhere'


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Despite trading for Lesean McCoy, the Bills have no intention of getting rid of running back Fred Jackson

Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reported that a Bills source said Jackson "isn't going anywhere". Graham said a second source reported that new Bills owner Terry Pegula got involved with the decision to make sure Jackson stayed with the team. 

Graham later reported that the Bills have discussed a contract restructuring with Jackson, but the Bills told him they want him to stay.

Jackson has spent all eight years of his NFL career with the Bills. He rushed for 525 yards and two touchdowns last season.


Fred Jackson totals 62 yards in win over New England Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson had 18 carries for 58 yards and one catch for four yards in Buffalo's 17-9 win over the Patriots Sunday.

Jackson was unable to break free for a long gain in the game, with his longest run of the day going for eight yards.

Jackson finishes the year 525 yards and two touchdowns on the ground after missing two games earlier in the year with a groin injury.


One way or another, Fred Jackson gets his


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2014) Trailing early Week 16 at Oakland with their playoff hopes on the line, the Bills didn't stick with the running game for long, attempting only three runs in the second half. But in a way, that worked to running back Fred Jackson's advantage. He's such a good pass-catcher out of the backfield that he still topped 100 total yards, doing so for the first time since returning from a groin injury in Week 12.

Even with the return of C.J. Spiller from a long-term shoulder injury, Jackson still led the Bills in carries, but with only six for 10 yards. He also led the team in catches with nine for 93 yards. He had 10 catches just two weeks ago, so clearly, he's a PPR stud.

Is he worth starting in standard leagues as well? Well, he's also gotten 20 carries twice in five games since returning. He hasn't been as effective on the ground as through the air, but yards are yards, however he gets them.

Their matchup Week 17 at New England will probably force the Bills to go pass-heavy again, so unless you're stacked at running back, you can find a spot for Jackson in your lineup.


Bills' running game sputters vs. Raiders in Week 16


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) The Bills managed just 13 yards on 13 carries as a team in Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Raiders in Week 16, with running back Fred Jackson leading the team with 10 yards on six carries.

It was an absolutely abysmal game from the Bills' rushing attack with the team's season on the line. Jackson did serve as the team's leading receiver, catching nine passes on 12 targets for 93 yards, giving him his first game with more than 100 yards from scrimmage since Week 5. Anthony Dixon rushed for seven yards on three carries.

C.J. Spiller returned from a stay on injured reserve but struggled mightily in his limited playing time. He lost four yards on four carries and added four receptions for 14 yards, putting the ball on the turf once but recovering his own fumble.

The Bills head to New England for the regular-season finale next Sunday.


Fred Jackson leads all Bills RBs with 70 yards vs. Packers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Bills running backs Fred Jackson, Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown combined for 117 yards on the ground during Sunday's victory over the Packers in Week 15.

Jackson led the way with 71 yards on 20 carries, averaging 3.6 yards per attempt. He caught a team-high three of six targets for 27 yards. Jackson has been held out of the end zone in each of the past three games.

Dixon took six handoffs for 26 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per attempt. He caught his only target for a gain of 5 yards. Brown carried the ball four times for 20 yards and caught one pass for a gain of 40 yards.


Fred Jackson looking like a PPR stud


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2014) After re-establishing himself as the clear-cut No. 1 running back with 21 carries in Week 13, the Bills' Fred Jackson got only eight Week 14 at Denver. But that's because he was so busy catching the ball after the Broncos pulled ahead early.

Jackson finished with 10 catches on 14 targets, both team highs. He gained only 37 yards on those 10 catches, but in Fantasy leagues that award a point per reception, that's still a monster performance.

Even though he's missed two games due to injury, Jackson's 53 receptions rank third among all running backs. He's had less than three in a game only once and had a three-game stretch earlier this season when he had 21.

It's clearly something the Bills rely on him to do, and because he's getting the vast majority of the carries as well, you really don't have any cause to sit him in PPR leagues. Between the rushes and receptions, Jackson's workload should be high enough to appease owners in standard leagues as well.


Fred Jackson catches 10 passes in loss at Denver


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/7/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson ran eight times for 35 yards and caught a whopping 10 passes for 37 yards in the Week 14 loss at Denver. Jackson was targeted a team-high 14 times as Buffalo played from behind throughout the day.

Jackson plays the Packers in Week 15.


Fred Jackson re-emerges as go-to back


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/30/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson, who appeared to be back for good in Week 12 after contending with a groin injury the previous four weeks, settled in against the Browns in Week 13, rushing 21 times for 70 yards and catching three passes for 27. No other Bills running back got more than six carries.

It was a stark contrast from Week 12, when Jackson, Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown divided 28 carries three ways, with Jackson getting only 10 of them. It was like Jackson's injury opened the door for the Bills to explore other options and they weren't quite ready to close it.

Truth is they probably just didn't feel like they could close it, not after Jackson faked them out by returning before he was ready in Week 10. Fresh off an injury, they wanted to use him, not abuse him. His Week 12 performance and how he felt in the days that followed likely eased their concerns.

And this performance should ease yours. Not only is Jackson back to being the top back in Buffalo, but now he doesn't have to contend with C.J. Spiller. Dixon and Brown aren't as threatening in comparison. Though he doesn't have the most favorable matchup Week 14 at Denver, he's still a decent flex option for it.


Bills RB Fred Jackson performs well in win over Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Bills veteran running back Fred Jackson played a lead role in a win Sunday over Cleveland despite average numbers.

He led both teams with 70 yards rushing on 21 carries and added 27 yards on three receptions. He played the role of workhorse in the second half as Buffalo played keepaway and dominated time of possession. Jackson rushed for 56 yards on 16 attempts after intermission. He also earned braggng rights over Browns safety Donte Whitner, with whom he engaged in a war of words leading up to the game.

Jackson will attempt to remain effective when the team plays at Denver in Week 14.


Browns S Whitner, Bills RB Jackson having war of words


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) Running back Fred Jackson and former Bills teammate Donte Whitner, who now suits up as a starting strong safety for the Browns, have embarked on a war of words heading into the battle between the two teams Sunday.

Whitner tweeted this summer about the team's proposed move to Toronto, asking how Bills fans feel about it and following it up with an "LOL." Jackson hasn't been laughing out loud.

"If you talk down to anybody, you can't be respected," he said via ESPN. "That's just me, that's how I feel about it. For him to stay stuff like that, about people that we love in this organization, he'll never get my respect for that." Jackson also called Whitner "an idiot."

Whitner did not back off, claiming that his words could now have more of a purpose.

"[The Toronto Bills comment] wasn't excessive. It wasn't a joke. I knew that it would get to them. I knew it would ruffle a feather. If they're over there talking about this, maybe we are in their heads. Maybe I'm in their heads. Maybe. We don't know, but the goal is to go 1-0, the goal is to get them talking about things other than football, and I guess that's what they're doing."


Bills backfield situation becomes cloudier


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson saw his role return to normal in Week 12 against the Jets, and that shifted the dynamic of the backfield drastically Monday.

Jackson got 13 touches Monday, his highest total since before he suffered the groin injury in mid-October, and received some goal-line work too. He mostly split time in the backfield with Anthony Dixon, who rushed for 54 yards on 12 carries, including a touchdown, while Bryce Brown received just six carries for 20 yards and was held without a catch.

Jackson saw the field most out of the three, as he had 48 snaps, compared to 20 for Dixon and 15 for Brown. It seems like that might be the split moving forward, which will make both Brown and Dixon especially hard to rely on. Neither player showed much in Jackson's absence to make you want to start them anyways, so they are best left on the bench most weeks moving forward, with Dixon looking like just an emergency start at best. 


Fred Jackson, Anthony Dixon leads Bills' backfield


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/24/2014) Bills running backs Fred Jackson and Anthony Dixon each received 13 touches in Monday's blowout of the Jets, while running back Bryce Brown got only six.

Returning from a groin injury, Jackson started and carried 10 times for 32 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He caught three of four targets for 13 yards.

Dixon took advantage of a demoralized Jets defense when he rumbled for a 30-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. He finished with 12 carries for 54 yards and added an 8-yard grab. Brown ran six times for 20 yards. He was not targeted in the passing game.

All three backs will face the Browns in Week 13.


Bills RB Fred Jackson active for game against Jets


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/24/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson, who was questionable with a groin injury, is active for the game against the Jets in Detroit. Jackson sat out Week 11 and figures to share backfield duties Monday night with Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon.

Report: Bills expect running back Fred Jackson to play Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) Despite being listed as questionable for Monday’s game against the Jets, Bills coach Doug Marrone said running back Fred Jackson (groin) is in the team’s game plan, according to ESPN.

"We're planning on him to be ready to go," Marrone said, per ESPN. "Just take the injury and that's how we have to list it to protect ourselves."


Bills list RB Fred Jackson questionable for Week 12


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson was a limited participant in practice Saturday and was designated as questionable for Monday night's contest against the Jets, per the team's official website. Jackson sat out Week 11 against Miami after suffering a setback Week 10 against Kansas City.

"We'll see how it goes. It felt good to get out there," Jackson said. "I don't feel like there were any setbacks. Hopefully I can continue to progress well and play well on Monday."


Bills RB Fred Jackson listed as limited


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/19/2014) The Bills didn't practice Wednesday because of the massive snowstorm in Buffalo. Had they practiced, running back Fred Jackson would have been limited with a groin injury.

Jackson sat out Week 11 after suffering a setback with the injury Week 10 against Kansas City. Buffalo is scheduled to host the Jets on Sunday.


Bills RB Fred Jackson anticipates playing Week 12


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson said during his weekly appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550 he expects to return to action Week 12 against the Jets. Jackson (groin) sat out Thursday's game (Week 11) against the Dolphins after suffering a setback.

"Yeah. We’ll work myself into the process of getting back out there," Jackson said, per the team's official website. "I know with our training staff and doctors they’ll take every precaution we need to, but like coach (Doug) Marrone said, if the game was yesterday there’s probably a pretty good chance that I would’ve played. So I’m planning on playing this Sunday and it’s just on me to go out there and take this week slowly and get back out there."

Bills coach Doug Marrone said Monday that Jackson will be back at full capacity, barring another setback.


Bills list Week 11 inactives vs. Dolphins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) The Bills have listed the following players as inactive for Thursday's Week 11 matchup with the Dolphins: running backs Fred Jackson (groin) and Phillip Tanner, cornerback Ron Brooks (groin), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (ribs), defensive end Jarius Wynn (knee), linebacker Randell Johnson and offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio.

Jackson, Brooks and Goodwin were all listed as questionable to play, while Wynn had already been ruled out on the team's final injury report. Wide receiver Marcus Easley (knee) is active after being listed as questionable, as is wide receiver Mike Williams, who will give the team another option with Goodwin sidelined.


Marrone: Bills RB Fred Jackson tweaked groin vs. Chiefs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Bills coach Doug Marrone revealed Thursday that running back Fred Jackson tweaked his groin in his team's Week 10 loss to the Chiefs, BuffaloBills.com reports.

"[Jackson] tweaked that groin again during the course of the game," Marrone said. "I think it’s very admirable for Fred. We know what type of player he is and how tough he is to be out there, but that’s what happened during the course of that game. I think it’s very difficult… it’s one of those things during the course of the week this week to make those types of decisions."

Jackson himself indicated that he tweaked his groin in practice Tuesday, ESPN reports. At any rate, Jackson is officially questionable for Thursday's game against the Dolphins but will appear on the team's inactive list and sit out Week 11.


Report: Bills RB Fred Jackson to miss Thursday's game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson will not play Thursday night against the Dolphins, FOXSports.com reports.

Jackson's availability for the game had been trending down all week so his absence will not be unexpected. He played 27 snaps in Week 10, sharing the playing-time lead at the position. Jackson will focus on getting closer to 100 percent health in time for a Week 12 matchup against the Jets.


Report: Bills RB Fred Jackson not expected to play Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) It’s not looking like Bills running back Fred Jackson will be able to play Thursday at Miami, reports the Buffalo News.

Jackson played in Buffalo’s Week 10 loss to Kansas City, but it appears the short week didn’t permit enough recovery time. Sources told the Buffalo News Jackson is 'almost certainly' out of Thursday's game.


Bills RB Jackson questionable, WR Watkins probable for Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Two of the top skill position players for the Bills have different statuses for the Thursday game against Miami. Running back Fred Jackson is questionable while rookie wideout Sammy Watkins is probable. Both are dealing with groin injuries, though the latter has been a full practice participant all week.

Sammy Watkins puts in full practice, Fred Jackson limited


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/11/2014) Bills wideout Sammy Watkins (groin) practiced fully Tuesday, while running back Fred Jackson (groin) was limited, reports Pro Football Talk. Both are expected to play Thursday at Miami.