After nine years in the NFL and more than 2,000 carries on his record, how much work does Falcons running back Steven Jackson need to put in during the preseason? According to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, not much.
"[Head coach Mike Smith] will determine how many carries he gets, but I don't believe Steven Jackson needs a bunch of touches in the preseason," Koetter said Saturday. "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."
No argument here. Jackson is set for a turn-back-the-clock season in the Falcons' pass-first offense, and there's not much of a point to open him to a lot of abuse in August. He is a low-end RB1.