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Jackson's Pace Puts Him In Pretty Fast Company
Jackson's pace puts him in pretty fast company
BY BILL COATS
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Rams tackle Alex Barron was flabbergasted when informed that running back Steven Jackson needed just 85 yards to reach 1,000 this year.
"Already?" Barron exclaimed.
Barron was even more surprised to learn that should Jackson get there, he would become the first ball-carrier in franchise history to do so for five consecutive seasons.
Marshall Faulk put together five 1,000-yard seasons in a row (1997-2001), but only the last three were with the Rams, after he was traded from Indianapolis. And Eric Dickerson did it in his first four NFL seasons (1983-86) and already had topped 1,000 in his fourth when the Rams dealt him to the Colts.
Still, Jackson obviously is in some select company after just 5˝ years in the league. By rolling up 131 yards Sunday vs. New Orleans, he moved past Lawrence McCutcheon into third place on the Rams' career rushing list. With 6,206 yards, Jackson would surpass Faulk (6,959) for No. 2 by averaging 108 yards over the final seven games.
Dickerson, the leader at 7,245, then would be a relatively easy target in 2010.
"I consider it a privilege to be able to block for such a talented back; it's exciting every single week," said center Jason Brown, a free-agent signee in the offseason. "He makes our job so much easier, because not only does he see the holes develop, he's going to make sure he gives everything he has."
Jackson began his string in 2005, when he picked up 1,046 yards in his second year in the league — and Faulk's final season. He surged to 1,528 in '06 before injuries limited him to 12 games in both '07 and '08, when he totaled 1,002 and 1,042, respectively.
This year, Jackson is third in the NFL in rushing, trailing Tennessee's Chris Johnson (1,091) and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson (917). Only Johnson has gained more yards after contact (566) than Jackson (523).
Jackson, on pace to finish with 1,626 yards, credits an improving offensive line with much of his success. "Those guys are doing a great job of jelling," he said. "We're all on the same page. ... We're going in the right direction."
Said Barron: "Some of the credit goes to us; we do most of the blocking. But he breaks tackles and makes guys miss, too."
Adding to his gaudy totals doesn't figure to come easily for Jackson this week. Arizona brings the NFL's seventh-stingiest run defense to the Edward Jones Dome.
"They're a defense that I really respect," Jackson said. "I don't think (tackle) Darnell Dockett gets the credit that he should. He's definitely a playmaker and someone we need to account for, as well as (safety) Adrian Wilson. ...
"It's going to be a tough and physical game. I just have to make sure I put on extra padding."
ON THE TUBE
At the 3:05 p.m. deadline Friday, the Rams assured that Sunday's game will be televised here (KTVI, Channel 2) by purchasing the remaining tickets — believed to be about 4,500. Those tickets were donated to local charities and youth groups.
Chris Long, who bruised a knee vs. the Saints, was limited again in practice Friday and was listed as questionable on the injury report. Fellow defensive ends Leonard Little (knee) and James Hall (back) were probable, as was defensive tackle Clifton Ryan (toe).
Guard Richie Incognito (foot) will miss his third consecutive game.
The Rams have lost five in a row to the Big Red and are 7-9 vs. the former St. Louis Cardinals since moving here in 1995. ... The NFL fined Rams safety Craig Dahl $5,000 for running into Saints punter Thomas Morstead. ... Carolina has signed former Rams defensive end Eric Moore to its practice squad. Moore had been sidelined since suffering a hand injury during the preseason with the Rams.
Re: Jackson's Pace Puts Him In Pretty Fast CompanyThe Rams have lost five in a row to the Big Red and are 7-9 vs. the former St. Louis Cardinals since moving here in 1995.:ramlogo:
Re: Jackson's Pace Puts Him In Pretty Fast Company
probably at san fran in 2007? was that the game that notched up the 500th win?
steven is having a great year and with his new attitude, he is deserving of a lot more credit around the league than he gets... i wish him good luck and hope to see him become the franchise leading rusher soon.
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