CBSSports.com Senior NFL Columnist Pete Prisco huddled with Steven Jackson in Atlanta and learned the 30-year-old running back has changed his diet (going gluten-free) and plans on losing a few pounds before the season to keep his body from breaking down. "The first thing teams said when my agent was calling around the league was that I was 30-years-old," Jackson said. "That's a hard thing, accepting and acknowledging that. I want to take great pride in changing that thinking. How can I do it? It's going to be hard. But if I can continue to play at a high level, it's going to be better for the guys coming behind me. Very few backs have gone through the abuse my body has taken. If I can continue to play at a high level for three or four more years, then that will speak for itself. It will show it can be done."
The Falcons official team website reports that new running back Steven Jackson is still learning the new playbook in Atlanta after nine years in St. Louis. Its been a great time. As of right now, you can only imagine learning a new playbook, Jackson said Wednesday. Im trying to dump what Ive learned over the years and learn the way that they do things around here, but its a lot of fun, a lot of excitement and quite a bit of competition, so thats only going to make everyone better. The report says on the field, Jackson has shown plenty of flashes of quickness and speed in the offense, but his own assessment of where hes at in early June points to plenty more learning left to do. This offense has been together for a long time, so they move a little faster than probably most teams are moving at this time of year, Jackson said. That just speaks to the chemistry and what (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) has done here by building this team, along with Coach Smitty (head coach Mike Smith). Ive just got to catch up, but those guys are already looking good.