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  • RB Steven Jackson Not Getting Much Preseason Work

    08.26.2009 10:13 am
    RB Steven Jackson not getting much preseason work
    By Jim Thomas
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson hasn’t been worn down in exhibiton play _ he has only five carries in two preseason games. But he is growing weary of questions about his preseason workload.

    “I feel like this question keeps coming up,” Jackson told reporters after Tuesday’s practice. “I will leave that up to Coach (Steve Spagnuolo). Like I said before, I am ready and I will take however many reps they feel I need.”

    Jackson had two carries for 15 yards Aug. 14 against the New York Jets; he had three carries for 10 yards last Friday against Atlanta. He has yet to have a pass thrown his way in preseason play.

    According to Spagnuolo, Jackson can look for more of the same in terms of a workload Thursday night in Cincinnati.

    “Very similar, maybe a little bit more,” Spagnuolo said.

    For his part, Jackson says he’d just as soon hit the fast-foward button _ all the way to the Sept. 13 season opener in Seattle.

    “I am ready,” he said. “It feels like we’ve been practicing forever. It goes back to March.”

    _ The Rams had a walk-through practice Wednesday morning in Earth City and were scheduled to leave for Cincinnati early in the afternoon.

    _ The annual Rams “Rookie Show,” in which draft picks and rookie free agents make fun of coaches, players and just about anything else, took place Tuesday.

    _ WR Brooks Foster, coming off ankle surgery last Friday, won’t accompany the team to Cincinnati.

    _ RB Kenneth Darby, experiencing swelling in his sprained knee, was held out of Tuesday’s practice and looks doubtful for Cincy.

    _ Still not cleared to play after suffering a concussion against the Jets, left guard Jacob Bell took another baseline test Tuesday. Bell must pass the test before he’s cleared to play again.

  • #2
    Re: RB Steven Jackson Not Getting Much Preseason Work

    can you see a hugh Clan debate on the horizon,if SJ plays more tommorrow night and something happens to him the guys will blow a gasket (me included)if he doesn't play much and starts out very slowly when the season begins then guys will rip into him because he didn't play enough in preseason,looks like the making of a good debate.


    • #3
      Re: RB Steven Jackson Not Getting Much Preseason Work

      Or...He could have a full healthy season?

      Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams


      • #4
        Re: RB Steven Jackson Not Getting Much Preseason Work

        Originally posted by Varg6 View Post
        Or...He could have a full healthy season?

        yea, wouldn't that be nice and Bulger to


        • #5
          Re: RB Steven Jackson Not Getting Much Preseason Work

          No SJ, no Marc and no Avery how can anyone try rip our offense, we have not played our key three yet.


          • #6
            Re: RB Steven Jackson Not Getting Much Preseason Work

            Originally posted by jkramsfan View Post
            yea, wouldn't that be nice and Bulger to
            And Bell too! What is it about Tennessee Titans players who come to the Rams??:|


            • #7
              Re: RB Steven Jackson Not Getting Much Preseason Work

              I can't blame Spags. S.J. is the motor we can't afford to have that guy go down.


              • #8
                Re: RB Steven Jackson Not Getting Much Preseason Work

                Very true eldfan... but the problem is that he is the motor, so we need to get him started at the same time as we worry about getting him hurt. If he starts slowly, the whole team will start slowly. That's why I'm hoping that he plays at least 3 full drives tonight. Come on, it;s only the Bengals! He can say "welcome to the NFL" as he runs over Maualuga!
                I believe!:ram:


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                • Nick
                  Q&A: How much is too much with SJ39?
                  by Nick
                  How much is too much with SJ39?
                  BY ROGER HENSLEY
                  Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:30 am

                  QUESTION: Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo says Steven Jackson has been cleared to practice but the team will limit him somewhat in training camp as he recovers from offseason back surgery. Given that the Rams have no true No. 2 RB at this time, how cautious do you think the team will be with Jackson ... including in the preseason games?

                  JIM THOMAS
                  There’s no need to keep Jackson enclosed in bubble wrap. He needs enough practice reps to get his timing down. And he needs at least some touches – 10 to 12? – over the course of preseason play to get reacquainted with the speed of the game and get used to (some) contact. But we may not see Jackson exposed to any of the live tackling drills Steve Spagnuolo dials up for training camp.

                  BILL COATS
                  Because Jackson is a back who carries a big load during the season, the Rams would be judicious in how they work him during the preseason anyway. That’s the way it’s been, for the most part, since he took over as the team’s top ballcarrier. The recovery from back surgery creates a bit more concern, but still the coaches have to get Jackson ready for the regular season. They’ll certainly be careful with him in doing so, though.

                  JEFF GORDON
                  Jackson should get just enough work to get fit for Week 1. Why subject him to needless punishment? The coaching staff should spend training camp searching for and developing quality back-ups. On paper, it doesn’t appear the team has much there – but perhaps somebody like Keith Toston could prove to be legit. If nobody emerges through all the work, then Billy Devaney will realize that he has to grab one of the many more established RBs who will become available as teams start cutting down rosters.

                  BOB STELTON (Host of “The BS Show” on 101 ESPN)
                  The Rams have a high-priced, rookie QB, a young group of wide receivers and an unproven offensive line. On top of that, you have a high-impact running back in Steven Jackson coming off of back surgery. He is this team’s only real threat on offense to begin the season and a guy who is expected to take a bunch of pressure of off rookie Sam Bradford. I think saying they will be EXTREMELY cautious would be an understatement. I would say, don’t blink while watching Rams preseason football, otherwise, you may miss seeing Steven Jackson.

                  That’s exactly how the Rams should approach his preseason touches and even into the regular season. Until this offense can develop another threat on offense outside of Jackson, then they better monitor his workload closely. Historically the shelf life for running backs with his violent running style isn’t very long. Especially once they start to get dinged up.
                  -07-28-2010, 02:24 PM
                • MauiRam
                  Rams RB Steven Jackson preparing for heavy workload ..
                  by MauiRam
                  BY JIM THOMAS Thursday, August 12, 2010 12:05 am

                  For Steven Jackson, the tone has softened but the message hasn't really changed. The two-time Pro Bowler still doesn't see an overwhelming need for veteran backup help in the Rams' backfield.

                  "Having a veteran at this point of the game now, I don't know if it's as big a concern as everyone is making it to be," Jackson said Wednesday. "I feel great physically. The younger guys are coming along just fine. And if we continue to stay healthy, I don't think it'll be a concern."

                  Which is a far cry from Jackson's thoughts on the subject in November 2008: "They can bring in any running back. I'm going to beat him out and I'm not going to share my carries. I understand that they have to have an insurance policy, but that's just my mentality."

                  Make no mistake, Jackson still wants to carry the load at running back. Sam Bradford may be the team's franchise quarterback, but Jackson remains the franchise back.

                  But while the rest of the team prepares for Saturday's preseason opener against Minnesota, the only date circled on Jackson's calendar is Sept. 12 — the regular-season opener against Arizona.

                  Jackson isn't expected to play against the Vikings. But he remains on course for Sept. 12 and has increased his practice workload.

                  "He's stepped it up a little more this week," coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "And that was part of the plan — get a few more reps."

                  This has been a different sort of training camp for Jackson. After back surgery to repair a herniated disk in April, Jackson was so excited to be back on the field that he prepared for the first practice (July 31) as if it were game day.

                  "This offseason I really emphasized making sure that the back was secure," Jackson said. "I built up the muscles in my core (torso) to make sure that I can go out and play just like I have in years past. I didn't want it to be a nagging injury, and I didn't want this to play mind games with me, and feel like I had to be more timid."

                  When he gets that first handoff Sept. 12 against the Cardinals, Jackson wants to hold nothing back. With one month to go until opening day, Jackson believes he's on track.

                  "The back is fully healed," he said. "The football, the hitting ... I'm not worried about it. I'll be ready to go."

                  By design, Jackson sat out Saturday's scrimmage at Lindenwood University. It's all part of the plan worked out in consultation with the coaching staff and head athletic trainer Reggie Scott.

                  Last week as camp opened, Jackson took minimal reps, although he took part in every drill. It wasn't a huge workload. The pace accelerated this week.

                  "I've ramped up my reps," Jackson said. "So we're going in the right direction....
                  -08-12-2010, 12:35 AM
                • r8rh8rmike
                  Jackson's Workload Increasing
                  by r8rh8rmike
                  Jackson's Workload Increasing
                  Wednesday, August 11, 2010

                  By Nick Wagoner
                  Senior Writer

                  In the opening days of training camp, running back Steven Jackson’s workload was limited.

                  After offseason back surgery, Jackson had rehabilitated the back and found himself ready to get back to work in time for the start of camp. But even with Jackson feeling good about his status and expressing no concerns about his back, the Rams wanted to do the smart thing and play it cautious by limiting his repetitions.

                  “Last week I was taking minimal reps,” Jackson said Wednesday. “I was always doing every drill (but) I wasn’t having a huge work load.”

                  That has changed this week as Jackson has seemingly settled into a rhythm. Coach Steve Spagnuolo gave Jackson the day off Saturday, including that night’s scrimmage so that he would have an entire 48 hours of rest before practice resumed.

                  The plan was then to get Jackson more work this week than he had the days prior.

                  “He’s stepped it up a little bit more this week and that was part of the plan, to get a few more reps and things that we’re doing,” Spagnuolo said. “Steven is Steven. He’s doing a nice job.”

                  Jackson, along with the coaching staff and head athletic trainer Reggie Scott began piecing together a plan for his camp in the spring and they are now simply following through on it.

                  According to Jackson, everything is right on pace and going as smooth as can be expected.

                  “This week we've ramped up my reps, so we're going in the right direction,” Jackson said. “We’re progressively going up hill and to be able make sure I peak at the right time in my training and get ready for the opener, I think everything is going good. Everything is going right to schedule.”

                  Jackson had the surgery to repair the herniated disc in his back in April. That operation kept him out of the entire offseason program as he was limited to rehab work with the training staff.

                  Over the summer, Jackson relaxed and gave the back time to heal before he returned to St. Louis. Upon his arrival, Spagnuolo described him as “somewhat cleared” to return to practice with the caveat that the Rams would be cautious with throwing him back into practice right away.

                  As part of that plan, Spagnuolo said Jackson wouldn’t be part of the many “live” drills that the Rams go through in their fully padded practices.

                  But while Jackson’s workload is building to a crescendo, it doesn’t mean he hasn’t been plenty active in this camp.

                  In addition to his reps, Jackson has continued his ascent as one of the team’s preeminent leaders, providing guidance to the young backs behind him on the depth chart.

                  “There's always something that we'll always work on,” Jackson said. “You never perfect your game. I'm just really...
                  -08-11-2010, 07:55 PM
                • r8rh8rmike
                  Rams RB Steven Jackson Says Sore Hip Not A Concern
                  by r8rh8rmike
                  Rams RB Steven Jackson says sore hip not a concern

                  By R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer
                  Aug 17, 2011

                  ST. LOUIS (AP)—St. Louis running back Steven Jackson plans on playing in the Rams’ second preseason game, even though he’s missed most of the last two practices because of a sore hip.

                  Jackson said Wednesday the injury is trivial and that trainers are just being cautious. He plans on fully participating in Thursday’s practice.

                  Jackson joked that he was hurt “getting out of bed, man,” followed by his trademark guffaw, then amended that evaluation to “general soreness.”

                  Coach Steve Spagnuolo said Jackson, who’s coming off his sixth straight 1,000-yard season and second Pro Bowl nod, told him during the morning walkthrough that he wanted to try to play.

                  “His mindset is he’d like to get some plays in,” Spagnuolo said. “But we’ll see.”

                  This preseason is a bigger deal than usual for Jackson because he’s learning new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ system. Jackson totaled nine carries for 42 yards in the 2010 preseason but said he’d like to play as long as the first string goes in Saturday night’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

                  “We’re all fairly new to it so you just want to make sure you’re executing the plays and doing the things coach McDaniels wants,” Jackson said.

                  Last week, the Rams had a big day offensively without Jackson, scoring on six of their first seven possessions in a 33-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Quarterback Sam Bradford ended up taking 24 snaps after staying in to finish a 14-play scoring drive at the start of the second quarter.

                  St. Louis has upgraded the offense during free agency, signing guard Harvey Dahl, wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker and backup running backs Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood. Safe to say Jackson approves.

                  “I’m very excited about where we’re going as an offense,” he said. “I’m anticipating a big year not only for myself but for the team as well.”

                  Wide receiver Donnie Avery, the team’s best deep threat when healthy, returned to practice after shaking off knee soreness related to surgery last preseason. Avery hasn’t been on the field much.

                  “We just figured why set him back? That’s why we kind of shut him down,” Spagnuolo said. “I think it was the right thing to do because I think he’ll start to surface now.

                  “It’s been a long time since Donnie’s been out there, so I’m sure he’s chomping at the bit.”

                  Avery was a second-round pick in 2008 and totaled 100 catches with eight touchdowns his first two seasons.

                  Sims-Walker saw limited time in practice and Spagnuolo wasn’t sure if he’d play. Spagnuolo all but ruled Sims-Walker (groin) out earlier in the week.

                  Offensive tackle Rodger Saffold (back) and tight end Mike Hoomanawanui...
                  -08-18-2011, 10:51 AM
                • MauiRam
                  Jackson has an impact in a hurry ..
                  by MauiRam
                  BY JIM THOMAS Wednesday, August 25, 2010 12:10 am

                  As if anyone needed reminding, Steven Jackson makes a big difference in the Rams' backfield.

                  "Are you kidding me?" quarterback A.J. Feeley joked when asked about Jackson's impact. "Having that guy in the backfield definitely takes the load off. You can tell those linebackers, they have to honor him on all the play fakes. ... Any time you motion to give him the ball, they're going to respect that. As a quarterback that makes it definitely easier."

                  The proof was in the numbers Saturday in Cleveland. Making his preseason debut, Jackson gained 20 yards on four carries, averaging 5 yards per carry. The rest of the Rams running game? AWOL. Including a few quarterback scrambles by Sam Bradford and Keith Null, the rest of the Rams rushed for 37 yards on 29 carries, or 1.3 yards a carry.

                  The mere presence of Jackson in the huddle provided a lift for the offense, particularly the offensive line. And when you can mix the run and pass like the Rams did in their opening drive against the Browns, it keeps defenses off balance.

                  "Pretty good first drive," left guard Jacob Bell said. "We keep Steven in the game, I think we can keep doing that. He's a heck of a player. It was good to have everybody out there and get the first team out there for the first time."

                  Not only did the Cleveland game mark Jackson's first action of the preseason, it was the first time the starting unit on the offensive line was in a game together. The result was a 10-play, 65-yard touchdown drive on a night when the Rams gained only 107 yards the rest of the night — once Jackson and Feeley left the game.

                  "That first drive was pretty efficient," Jackson said. "We were able to move the ball on the ground as well as in the air. And it really felt good just to be out there once again."

                  The highlight for Jackson was his very first touch, when he gained 11 yards running off left guard, getting some yards after contact along the way.

                  "To get the first one (for) 11 yards ... but fall for some extra yards at the end shows that the back strength is there," Jackson said. "We want to continue to grind out the yards like we always have."

                  Late in the rehab process following back surgery in April to repair a herniated disc, Jackson said he doubled his normal weight-training regimen.

                  "During the month of July, I kind of ratcheted up the weight training portion of it," Jackson said. "I was lifting twice a day, morning and evening. Then I would do my conditioning in between the two weight exercises. Years previous, I would run twice and lift once."

                  In part, the idea was to build up the muscle around the back injury, but there was more to Jackson's altered routine than just pumping...
                  -08-25-2010, 11:12 AM