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    Calvin Johnson, Steven Jackson or Terrell Owens: Who is the most talented player wasting away on a last-place team?

    PRISCO: It's Steven Jackson -- by a big margin. Have you seen the numbers he's putting up for that bad St. Louis Rams team? He's having a huge season, and nobody is paying attention. Jackson has 915 yards rushing, is averaging 4.8 per rush and has 33 catches. He's doing it on a team that doesn't have great players outside in the passing game. That means teams can load up to stop the run. He sees a lot of eight-man fronts. That can make it tough to run, but Jackson keeps putting up big numbers. In talking to some of the defensive players around the league, they rave about Jackson. He's a load to tackle and he plays hard all the time. I think the respect for Jackson is going up this year more than ever. He's a great player on a bad team. You wonder what he'd be like if he played on a good team, one with a passing game.

    JUDGE: Steven Jackson. A few weeks ago we were asked to choose the best running back not named Adrian Peterson. I would like to amend my answer and say Steven Jackson. I can't fathom how he is doing what he is doing this season, and what he is doing is just about everything. He is the NFL's third-leading rusher, behind Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson. He averages five yards a carry. He has three straight 100-yard performances. He's the Rams' leading receiver. Basically, he does it all, and he does it with a bad football team beginning to show signs of life because ... well because Steven Jackson is carrying the Rams. Frankly, I don't know how he motivates himself, but he does. And he's doing it right. Imagine what happens if and when St. Louis surrounds him with talent. The guy already is a load. When opponents have to concentrate on others he'll be the NFL version of a nuclear weapon.

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    Re: SJ given kudos on CBS Faceoff ..

    This is why I am for concentrating on the offense in this years draft and free agency.

    Our defense is getting better each game and will continue to grow under Spags. The main thing the defense is missing right now is time on the sidelines.

    If we can get the passing game going to take some pressure off of SJax we would not only be able to score but more importantly control the clock.

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      love that last sentence!

      Thanks for posting

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        Re: SJ given kudos on CBS Faceoff ..

        Originally posted by Rambunctious View Post
        This is why I am for concentrating on the offense in this years draft and free agency.

        Our defense is getting better each game and will continue to grow under Spags. The main thing the defense is missing right now is time on the sidelines.

        If we can get the passing game going to take some pressure off of SJax we would not only be able to score but more importantly control the clock.
        I'm on board with that strategy. We need a QB and WR out of the top two picks next year in my opinion. A franchise QB and a #1 WR would go a *long* way towards making this team competitive again.

        I hope we will be able to field a competitive team before Jackson gets old, hopefully we'll make relatively quick turnaround next year and the year after like several other teams in recent memory.

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          Re: SJ given kudos on CBS Faceoff ..

          Steven Jackson could be the closest thing to Jim Brown that the NFL has even seen. Have you noticed that when he's in the open field that players rarely even try to tackle him anymore, they just lunge at his legs?

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            He deserves the MVP, I know, you can't have the MVP in a losing team but Steven Jackson is the most VALUABLE player. Without him we are lost.
            Si vous croyez en vous, que vous avez de la fierté, et que vous ne lâchez jamais, vous serez un gagnant.
            Le prix de la victoire est chère, mais la récompense en vaut la peine.

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              Re: SJ given kudos on CBS Faceoff ..

              Without the Big Boy we would have one less win than we do. Without Peyton Manning, the colts would have about 6 less wins than they do.

              To me, there is no news here. The big boy had TWO seasons of 2000 total yards from scrimmage, including the monster 90 catch year where i believe he broke the all time record for yards from scrimmage and that was for a mediocre 8-8 team.

              Its great that he is getting the recognition he deserves, especially (and finally) from Rams fans. He has been a monster for years, there is nothing new here.

              ramming speed to all

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                Re: SJ given kudos on CBS Faceoff ..

                When opponents have to concentrate on others he'll be the NFL version of a nuclear weapon.
                That right there just made my day. Go Rams!

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                  SJax has to be the most underrated player in the NFL right now and it's good that he's getting some recognition. It's criminal that he's only been to one Pro Bowl and that will, hopefully, be changed this year.

                  Not only is Steven a great running back, worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Dickerson and Faulk, but he's a leader and a player who gives everything on every play. In short, he is an all-time great Ram.

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                  • RamsFan4ever
                    Jackson Heading Toward Huge Finish
                    by RamsFan4ever
                    Jackson Heading Toward Huge Finish
                    Friday, December 8, 2006

                    By Nick Wagoner
                    Senior Writer

                    As a Minnesota Viking last season, safety Corey Chavous and his defensive teammates prepared for plenty of talented opponents. But, of all the players Chavous watched on tape, one stood out above the rest.

                    “We went into the game and we were watching film and we felt like this is going to be one of the special backs in this league,” Chavous said.

                    At that time, Chavous was speaking about the potential of Rams running back Steven Jackson. In the time that has passed since then, Chavous has had the opportunity to be around Jackson for almost a full season.

                    And, in that time, Chavous’ opinion of Jackson has only changed. What once was potential has started to become reality.

                    “Having the chance to play with him and see him week to week, he is in my opinion one of the two or three best backs in professional football if not the top back,” Chavous said. “When you start looking at his numbers and the things he is able to do, sure there are things in his game he will continue to round out because he’s young, but with his size, speed and versatility he is an unbelievable package.”

                    In his third year in the league, Jackson has emerged this season among the top backs in the league in almost every major statistical category. In last week’s game Jackson topped the 1,000 rushing yard mark in just 12 games. Last year, Jackson didn’t reach the mark until the second to last game.

                    In addition to his rushing exploits, Jackson has become a more well-rounded back this year as he added the dimension of pass catcher to his repertoire. For the season, Jackson has 1,028 rushing yards (sixth in the NFL), 72 catches and 1,650 total yards (third).

                    “Steven’s having an outstanding year,” coach Scott Linehan said. “He’s one of the leading receivers in the league, too, as well as a guy that’s gone over 1,000 yards rushing. He still maintained his ability to run the ball very consistently all year, but his development as a receiver has kind of what has been the most impressive.”

                    When Linehan arrived in St. Louis, he immediately set forth the idea that Jackson would become a focal point of the offense. In his offenses in Minnesota and Miami, Linehan had found a balance that used the pass and the run equally well. That meant changing the offensive philosophy that once emphasized full speed all the time and tweaking it to be more balanced.

                    To achieve that type of offensive balance, Jackson had to become a key cog in the offense. Although Jackson ran for over 1,000 yards last year, it was a bit of a disappointment because he took so long to do it and he didn’t get the ball as much as he would have liked.

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                    -12-09-2006, 07:48 PM
                  • sosa39rams
                    Steven Jackson Underrated?
                    by sosa39rams
                    I've recently been researching all over the net. From running back rankings, to predictions for next season.

                    Seems like Steven Jackson is underrated to me. I get really disappointed when I see players like Frank Gore, Ray Rice, Rashard Mendenhall infront of him.

                    I mean, there all great players, but Steven Jackson managed to get the 2nd most yards last season with 1,416 while missing a game and being on one of the worst teams in the NFL.

                    Seems like our team will be much improved this year, only helping Steven. SJAX has clearly proved he can play with 5 consecutive 1,000+ yard rushing seasons.

                    I see him being a pure beast next year. Achieving another 1,400+ yard season, 10+ td's, 40+ receptions, 500-600 yards, and 3-6 td's.

                    I think he is the best running back in the NFL. I don't want this to be a bias opinion, but with an improved team, he will only do better. Sure there is "some concern" with his back surgery but I'm sure he will easily work past that.

                    I mean this guy does it all. He can clearly run, catch, block, even throw! Career passing stats 1/1 2 yards, 1 td and a QB rating of 118.8.

                    What do you guys think?
                    -06-09-2010, 09:13 AM
                  • laram0
                    Steven Jackson
                    by laram0
                    I thought Steven Jackson was going to carry the load?

                    16 rushing attempts?

                    ZERO....ZERO receptions....only thrown at once I think?
                    -09-14-2009, 07:37 AM
                  • psycho9985
                    Which Jackson will show up
                    by psycho9985
                    I'm not on the stephan Jackson band wagon,sure the guy gets yardage,but I'm not seeing it when the chips are down.I dont like the way he hops and skips around trying to find a hole,why cant the guy just run the play called.
                    I know our offensive line is in not so great shape right now,but I hope the coaches are talking to him.He needs to play smash mouth football.Jackson is big enough and strong enough to be a fullback and I wish he'd run with power at the line of scrimmage.Marshall faulk has the speed and moves to skip around and blast through a hole in the line,but Jackson doesnt.
                    -09-23-2006, 01:44 PM
                  • RamWraith
                    Jackson Off to Strong Start
                    by RamWraith
                    Thursday, September 21, 2006

                    By Nick Wagoner
                    Senior Writer

                    When Steven Jackson wakes up on Monday morning, he is always sore. But this year, it’s a good kind of sore as Jackson’s workload has increased to a level that has placed him third in the league in rushing.

                    “It feels pretty good,” Jackson said. “I’m fully aware that it’s only week two, so hopefully we can keep making strides and keep ourselves paced through it. This league is a marathon, not a race.”

                    While there’s no doubting that Jackson has a long way to go in the NFL’s version of a marathon, there are signs that his good start out of the blocks could keep pace over the course of an entire season.

                    After two games, Jackson has run with the combination of power and speed he flashed in his first two seasons in the league. As the game goes on, he gets stronger and he is finishing runs with more authority than in years past.

                    “He's certainly one of those type backs, a big punishing type runner and they're harder to tackle if you're able to establish a running game as the game goes on,” head coach Scott Linehan said. “They tend to wear you down a little bit because it's a big guy to tackle.”

                    Jackson’s punishing style has him third in the NFL and second in the NFC in rushing yards with 224 on just 44 carries, an average of 5.1 yards per attempt. And though his longest run of the season was a 37-yard scamper in the season opener against Denver, Jackson has showed more consistency than in his first two seasons.

                    In the win against the Broncos, he rushed six times for 67 yards in the fourth quarter. Even with the Rams trailing in the loss to San Francisco, Jackson punished the ***** late in the game, carrying four times for 27 yards.

                    It’s that type of punishing style that has placed Jackson behind only Cincinnati’s Rudi Johnson and Atlanta’s Warrick Dunn in the early race for the rushing title.

                    “A lot goes on through the course of the game,” Jackson said. “Average fans don’t realize. You have to have a feel for what the defense is trying to do. Also, you try to wear them down. Coach is calling the plays to see what they are going to do and what formations (they might use) so as the course of the game goes on , I get a feel of what they are doing and I believe the offensive line does, too. With that being said, that’s how I get my big yards later in the game.”

                    So, what exactly is it that has allowed Jackson to get off to such a good start? Actually, there are a number of reasons for his early-season success.

                    One of those stems from the move of hiring Linehan as the head coach. Upon his arrival, Linehan vowed to give the Rams a more balanced attack with Jackson as the featured attraction.

                    In his first two seasons in the league, Jackson had times where he would lose yards as he searched for holes to run...
                    -09-22-2006, 06:11 AM
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