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.
Trailing early Week 16 at Oakland with their playoff hopes on the line, the
Even with the return of C.J. Spiller from a long-term shoulder injury, Jackson still led the Bills in carries, but with only six for 10 yards. He also led the team in catches with nine for 93 yards. He had 10 catches just two weeks ago, so clearly, he's a PPR stud.
Is he worth starting in standard leagues as well? Well, he's also gotten 20 carries twice in five games since returning. He hasn't been as effective on the ground as through the air, but yards are yards, however he gets them.
Their matchup Week 17 at New England will probably force the Bills to go pass-heavy again, so unless you're stacked at running back, you can find a spot for Jackson in your lineup.
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