Running back Steven Jackson returned last week from a hamstring injury but that didn’t help the Falcons’ 32nd ranked rushing attack much. In fact, Jackson had a miserable game rushing for just six yards on 11 carries. But according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jackson isn’t about to hit the panic button.
At this point, my ability has been proven over time. I just need to get out there and get in the flow of the game and work on my chemistry with my offensive line. It’s not necessary for me to feel like I need to panic. I just need to be who I am.
The Falcons are hoping Jackson can be who they thought he was when they lured him from St. Louis in the offseason. After a good week to start the season, Jackson was injured early in the second week and is just now getting back in the swing of things.
He’s now amassed 83 yards for the season on 23 carries. What’s more astonishing, Jackson had a 50 yard run in Week 1. Take away that run and Jackson would be looking at a yard and a half per carry average this season.
With the injuries to Julio Jones and Roddy White in the passing game, the Falcons offense desperately needs to get the run game going, if they’re going to stand a chance of turning their season around. Atlanta has fallen to 2-5 and face the resurgent Panthers in Charlotte on Sunday. Jackson may be just getting into the flow of the 2013 season, but the Falcons’ season is on life support right now and they can’t afford to go any longer with such meager production from the running back corps.
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