“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.”
The assumption is that newly acquired stud running back LeSean McCoy is set to start for the
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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.
Despite trading for Lesean McCoy, the
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.
"I can't wait to play for him. I've heard nothing but good things," Jackson said Wednesday of Ryan during an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "I'm looking forward to that [first] conversation when I sit down and talk to him."
The Bills finished 9-7 in 2014, which was their best record since 2004. While Jackson believes Ryan is going to "be that catalyst that comes in and pushes us over that hump," he didn't have many bad things to say about coach Doug Marrone, who opted out of his contract New Year's Eve.
"I thought he was a tremendous coach," Jackson said. "He showed up, he worked hard, he pushed players to give their best effort. He got us to a 9-7 record -- we hadn't won nine games in 10 years. There's definitely some things about him that made him a great coach. It's just the way he exited. I don't think anybody expected that.
"Players, the way we found out is we got a generic text from him, saying that he was moving on and he had chosen to opt out of his contract."
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.
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