Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 7/30/13
There's a new name on the list of Matt Ryan's top receiving targets. It's Steven Jackson. For the first time in Ryan's six seasons, the Falcons' starting running back is a dual threat as a runner and receiver. Jackson has the most catches of any NFL running back in his nine seasons, a fact sometimes overshadowed by his eight straight seasons with 1,000 yards rushing. Jackson, who left the Rams to sign a three-year, $12 million deal with the Falcons, is replacing Michael Turner, who was rarely used as a receiver out of the backfield. The Falcons' already potent offense now looks even stronger. Ryan can throw screen passes to Jackson when he's not targeting tight end Tony Gonzalez and receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones. Jackson's career high of 90 catches with St. Louis in 2006 easily tops Turner's career total of 70. Jackson had 38 catches last season. Jackson's versatility fits well with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's philosophy. Though Turner was a one-dimensional ba...
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