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    CBS Sportsline--Jackson

    Fantasy Q&A: Steven Jackson
    Sep. 4, 2006
    Dave Richard
    Senior Fantasy Writer

    Here are some fast facts for you about Rams RB Steven Jackson:

    . In five career games with 20-plus carries, Jackson has averaged 130.6
    yards per game (5.4 yards per carry) and scored five touchdowns. All five
    games were St. Louis wins.

    . In two of those five games, Jackson rushed for more than 145 yards,
    including a 179-yard output against the defensive-minded Jaguars.

    . Between rushing and receiving, Jackson totaled over 100 yards in seven
    games last season.

    . Jackson caught two or more passes in all but three games last season, with
    three five-catch games and a six-catch effort.

    And now, some fast facts about new Rams head coach Scott Linehan:

    . In 2005, the Dolphins went 7-0 when their running backs had 30 or more
    carries. Linehan was their offensive coordinator. The Dolphins went from
    31st in the league to 12th, and both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams
    averaged 4.4 yards per carry. They combined for 1,650 yards.

    . In two of Linehan's three years in Minnesota as their offensive boss, the
    Vikings offense ranked first and fourth in the NFL in rushing.

    . In all four seasons as an NFL offensive guru, Linehan's running backs who
    had at least 100 carries over a season averaged over 4.0 yards per carry.
    That includes backs like Onterrio Smith, Moe Williams and Michael Bennett.

    So let's see ... take a guy who is great at winning games when he runs the
    ball and have him coached by a guy with a track record of producing great
    running backs, and you have a match made in Fantasy Football heaven.

    We had the chance to talk pigskin with Jackson after St. Louis' preseason
    schedule was finished. Fantasy owners should enjoy this quick Q&A which
    talks not only about Jackson's expectations for the season, but for his
    teammates as well.

    Rams head coach Scott Linehan has an awesome history of making his running
    game develop into one of the best in the league. What has he told you about
    how he will use you in the offense?

    Jackson: We really haven't had that sitdown one-on-one about how he's going
    to use me, but he has addressed the running game far more than we did in the
    past. He believes in a balanced offense and the run setting up the pass.
    With the wide receiver threats that we have, I think we have a chance to be
    an explosive offense.

    One of the things that stood out to me this preseason has been the play of
    your offensive line. In the first game, they manhandled the Colts. Where
    have they improved from last season?

    Jackson: As a running game, I think we all understand what each other is
    going to be thinking and where the ball is expected to go. With the guys
    doing the things they have to do up front, they can count on me to make the
    appropriate cuts. It all works together cohesively. This year we've sat down
    together as a running back group and an offensive line group in one meeting
    and discuss running plays and look at film. I think that's helped us out a
    lot so far.

    That's new for you? The O-line and running back teams meeting together?

    Jackson: Yeah, in previous years we all met one-on-one, and I think it kind
    of left some things in confusion.

    Then let me ask you this: How does coach Linehan's offense compare to coach
    Mike Martz's offense?

    Jackson: You know what? Coach Linehan has a little bit of coach Martz's
    offense in it, but I think we have a little bit of a West Coast in the
    passing game as well. I know Marc (Bulger) is going to more quick throws and
    three-step drops than he has in the past.

    The Rams recently signed Stephen Davis. Your thoughts on getting a veteran
    runner to help you and Tony Fisher with the workload?

    Jackson: I don't really know him personally, but of course I am familiar of
    what he's done throughout the years. I think he gives us great depth and it
    gives us the opportunity to give us that complete backfield of wearing
    defenses out. And I can also use him like I used Marshall (Faulk), as a
    reference guide. I think it's great for us.

    Do you forsee Davis taking some of your goal-line reps?

    Jackson: It's not something I'm worried about. Maybe coming in with the
    organization, that may be the thought process of it. You never know what the
    head coach is thinking. But once you get into the flow of a game, if I'm
    having a great game, I don't see why they would pull me.

    How important is it for a running back to have a dependable group of
    receivers like Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce and Kevin Curtis working alongside
    you in the offense?

    Jackson: That's big. A defense can't just put eight guys in the box and
    safeties can't cheat and watch the quarterback. It helps us (force them to)
    play honest. Then, get me past that defensive line, and once that happens I
    believe it's off to the races.

    What do you know about Fantasy Football?

    Jackson: I know a little bit. Fans and family members have asked about my
    health and how I'm going to be used. I know touchdowns are the biggest thing
    in Fantasy Football. I get a lot of fans telling me about how I do for their
    teams. Sometimes I'll help a guy win a game, sometimes I'll help a guy lose
    a game (laughs). There's a lot of pressure on you, but I think Fantasy
    Football is good for the NFL, it allows people to follow their favorite
    athletes and keep up with the game.

    Are you familiar with the following you have in Fantasy and that you're
    somebody's top pick in every league this year?

    Jackson: No, I'm not. That's quite shocking to me because I don't think I've
    even scraped my potential yet. So that's humbling in itself to know that
    people can see my talent.

    Your touchdowns will not only mean a lot to the Rams and Fantasy players
    everywhere but to some others as well. Could you talk about what you're
    planning on doing for the Steven Jackson Foundation this season?

    Jackson: This year, the Steven Jackson Foundation and my other sponsors are
    going to donate $1,000 for every touchdown I score toward children of
    illiteracy and education. I truly believe in education and as a country, I
    think America is falling behind the rest of the world in education. I don't
    think we're zeroing in on education like we used to. My parents always used
    to harp on education, and I think with the media focusing on athletes and
    entertainers and the big money we tend to make, it takes kids away from
    their focus on education and makes them want to be an athlete or a movie

    Now Fantasy Football players love a good sleeper. Who would be someone on
    the Rams you'd recommend as a sleeper?

    Jackson: I'd say Kevin Curtis. I think he showed what he can do a little bit
    last year with some key plays, especially in the Texans game -- he won that
    one for us. He's a guy that is very explosive but hides in the shadows of
    Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce -- and that's not anything against him, it's just
    that we have great receivers on this team. I'd pick him for sure

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    Re: CBS Sportsline--Jackson

    Interesting facts, definitely "fun" facts haha.

    That is always great to see, that Linehan does have a great track record, but then again, if he didn't, why would we hire him?
    Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams


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