Jackson was on the field for 11 of the Patriots' 83 offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. Jackson, who carried four times for eight yards with a TD in the game, is slated to become a free agent this offseason, and at this stage it's unclear how much interest the Patriots will have in retaining the 32-year-old Jackson, who logged 21 carries for 50 yards and a TD for the team in two regular season contests in 2015.
Jackson gained 16 yards on six carries and secured one of two targets for two yards in Saturday's 27-20 Divisional Round victory over the Chiefs. The 32-year-old received limited opportunity on the ground, with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski all on the field for the first time since November. On the other hand, Jackson was essentially the entire Patriots' rushing attack, as James White, who tallied a single carry, was the only other back to tote the ball for New England. With the Patriots' running game a true week-to-week proposition, it remains virtually impossible to project what Jackson's usage might be in the AFC Championship Game next week.
Jackson was on the field for 24 of the Patriots' 60 snaps on offense in Sunday's 20-10 loss to the Dolphins, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In his second game withe team, Jackson ran for 35 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 14 carries, while also catching one pass for 20 yards. Meanwhile, James White saw 23 snaps, while Brandon Bolden was on the field for 17, while also seeing special teams work. As the postseason approaches, the Patriots figure to employ some form of a running back committee, though at this stage, coach Bill Belichick indicates that the team believes that Jackson can help out on all three downs, a scenario that makes the veteran newcomer worthy of targeting in postseason formats, with the understanding that White figures to remain the team's primary pass-catching back.
Jackson ran for 35 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins. He also grabbed his only target for a 20-yard gain. The veteran was more effective in his second game as a Patriot, but he hit the sidelines early, along with the rest of the starters, because of the team's overall poor showing. Jackson received the most carries of any New England back Sunday, and he should carry a heavy load in the postseason, along with Branden Bolden and James White. The Patriots will go on bye next weekend before beginning their postseason run the following week.
Jackson was on the field for nine of the Patriots' 56 snaps on offense in Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the Jets, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In the process, in his debut with the team, Jackson carried seven times for 15 yards. Looking ahead, we'd expect Jackson's role in the Patriots' offense to increase, but for the time being Brandon Bolden (27 snaps Sunday) remains in the team's early-down mix and James White's pass-catching role should remain stable. It's an arrangement that makes Jackson a speculative fantasy play in Week 17 against the Dolphins, though the veteran power back could emerge as a fantasy factor by the time the postseason rolls around.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/20||@San Francisco 49ers||32||22.88|
|12||11/28||@New York Jets||3||13.13|
|13||12/04||Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|16||12/24||New York Jets||3||13.13|
|3 Year Avg||122||433||4||18||120||0||79|