Will Fred Jackson make it through the Bills’ 2015 season?
It’s hard to tell if Fred Jackson is happy for the competition or pissed. The Bills’ acquisition of LeSean McCoy this offseason is expected boost the Bills’ running game but Fred Jackson doesn’t seem to be taking it in stride. Or is he? It’s hard to tell.
Regardless, the way he talks about the role, it’s as if he is in a competition for starter. This isn’t EJ Manual competing with some journeymen. The Bills have brought in, depending on your opinion, the best running back in the NFL. This isn’t a competition.
Fred Jackson on LeSean McCoy: "I'm not going to just hand him the job" #BillsMafia
— Heather Prusak (@haprusak) April 15, 2015
According to CBSSports.com: “Even if McCoy gets 350 or so touches, there should be at least 150-200 remaining for Jackson to grab, or to split with Bryce Brown, who is also still in Buffalo after previously backing up McCoy with the Eagles.”
“(Jackson is) 34 now, but he doesn’t have quite as much tread on his tires as a typical back his age thanks to a late start to his NFL career and the timeshare he’s been in throughout his Buffalo tenure. If his workload is managed and he’s given good blocking, Jackson should still be an asset for new offensive coordinator Greg Roman.”
It seems like everyone knows Jackson’s new roll, except Jackson.
Fred Jackson: "They say (LeSean McCoy) is going to be the bell cow, but I'm not gong to make it easy for him."
— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) April 15, 2015
The question is whether the Bills reduce him to a backup behind McCoy or Bryce Brown and when it finally sets in, how will Jackson take it? Perhaps Jackson could start on another team for a season or two–does that make him trade-able? Should he be traded? And what will the Bills do if Jackson doesn’t adjust to his no reality?