When the Atlanta Falcons added veteran running back Steven Jackson prior to last season some saw it as the piece that would get the team over the hump and into the Super Bowl.
Instead Jackson struggled and the Falcons few victim to early season injuries en-route to a losing season, one year after a NFC Championship loss.
Last year the Falcons added Jackson on a three-year deal worth $12 million. He was coming off eight straight 1,000 yard rushing seasons with the St. Louis Rams. In his first year with the Falcons, Smith totaled just 543 yards rushing in 2013 nothing a career-low 3.5 yards per carry having much of his effectiveness zapped by a early hamstring injury.
Falcons head coach Mike Smith is not ready to give up on Jackson who will turn 31 in July.
“We felt like you’ve got to be able to run the football and run the football when everybody knows you’re going to do that,” Smith explained, via ESPN. “When you’re in that situation, you’ve got to have a big back. And we felt like ...