Fred Jackson is a free agent this offseason, but he hopes to keep playing despite turning 35 in February. Jackson struggled with the Seahawks in 2015, which was the first year he didn't play for the Bills in his nine-year career. He had 26 carries for 100 yards and 32 catches for 257 yards and two touchdowns. We'll see where Jackson signs if a team gives him a chance, and he could still be a third-down back in the right scenario. But Jackson has minimal Fantasy value coming into the year and should not be drafted in most formats.
Jackson wants to keep playing, but the Seahawks may not be interested in retaining him, the Seattle Times reports. Although the team doesn't have an obvious replacement for the third-down role, Seattle may want to bring in a younger back to replace Jackson, who had 26 carries for 100 yards and 32 catches for 257 yards (on 41 targets) last season. Wherever he ends up, the 35-year-old Jackson will likely have to compete for a roster spot.
Jackson caught five passes off of eight targets for 43 yards in Sunday's loss to the Rams. He added 11 yards on the ground on two rushes. Jackson's five receptions marked a season high and he tied a season high with 54 total yards. In the two full games since Thomas Rawls went down with an injury, The Seahawks have dropped back to pass 77 times and run it 58 times, 11 of those rushes coming courtesy of quarterback Russell Wilson. Without a clear lead back in place, Christine Michael disappointed on Sunday after coming off of an 84-yard game, the most valuable member of the stable may be the one who can best contribute to a more pass-focused scheme. For the season, Jackson has more receptions than carries.
Jackson did not receive a carry and caught two of three targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 30-13 win over the Browns. Other than a nice one-handed catch to pick up a first down in the second half, Jackson was a non factor. He did easily lead his backfield mates in targets, as Bryce Brown and Christine Michael saw a combined one look. Michael finished with one of the best games of his career, rushing for 84 yards on 16 carries, and Brown was in the mix too, toting the ball nine times for 43 yards. Next week, Jackson will take his pass-catching prowess into a matchup with NFC West rival St. Louis.
Jackson will stay in his third-down role even though Thomas Rawls is out for the season, the Seattle Times reports. The Seahawks like Jackson as the third-down back in passing situations. DuJuan Harris, who took over for Rawls on Sunday against the Ravens, and Bryce Brown, who was signed Monday, will compete for the starting job. Both likely will be used Week 15 against the Browns.
Jackson carried a season-high seven times for 15 yards and caught one of four targets for eight yards in Sunday's win over the Ravens. The veteran saw an increased workload after Thomas Rawls left with a season-ending injury, finishing second on the team to only DuJuan Harris. Harris appears in line to handle the majority of the carries until Marshawn Lynch returns from an injury of his own, but Jackson could handle the pass-catching duties, as the former was not targeted Sunday. Jackson still carries little fantasy value until Seattle proves willing to lean on him.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||@Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|3||09/25||San Francisco 49ers||32||22.88|
|4||10/02||@New York Jets||3||13.13|
|8||10/30||@New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|10||11/14||@New England Patriots||5||14.00|
|12||11/27||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||16.88|
|14||12/11||@Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|15||12/16||Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|17||01/01||@San Francisco 49ers||32||22.88|
|3 Year Avg||125||507||4||48||382||1||118|