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Steven Jackson
#39 - RB - St. Louis Rams

Height: 6'2'' Weight: 231
Born: 07/22/1983
College: Oregon State
2006 Projections
35114399HIGH (150%)

Player Analysis: Linehan says he wants to emphasize the running game more, which is good news for Jackson. If he gets the opportunities, he should rebound from a disappointing 2005 campaign and live up to his lofty expectations. He is very strong and very quick, but lacks the hands and breakaway speed to be a truly great back. If newly acquired Stephen Davis proves to be healthy, Jackson's fantasy value will decrease due to lost goalline touches.

Fantasy Football Impact: Jackson will be a very good choice in the mid to late first round given the new focus on the running game in St. Louis. If the Rams start using Stephen Davis as the goalline back, Jackson's value decreases.


Steven Jackson: Holding Out - 07/25/2008
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

St. Louis Rams star RB Steven Jackson is holding out in hopes of getting his contract negotiated.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson is seemingly unstoppable if he's healthy, and missing some extra wear and tear on his body may not be a bad thing. As long as he's around by the middle of camp he shouldn't be downgraded on fantasy boards.


Rams blank Raiders 20-0 - 12/17/2006

The St. Louis Rams' much-maligned defense finally found an offense it could dominate. The Rams took advantage of five Oakland turnovers, including two that set up touchdown runs by Steven Jackson, in St. Louis' 20-0 victory over the Raiders. Jackson finished with 127 yards on 31 carries, scoring on runs of 4 yards after Chris Carr fumbled a punt and 19 yards after Andrew Walter threw the first of two interceptions. St. Louis (6-8) got just its second win in nine games. In a season full of historic lows, the Raiders (2-12) reached another in losing their seventh straight game. They also equaled their most losses in a season since Al Davis joined the franchise in 1963. And it was their third shutout loss of the year, including two at home. The Raiders had been shutout at home only once in their history before this season. The Rams weren't much better on offense but didn't turn the ball over and relied on the defense to get the win. St. Louis entered the contest allowing more than 25 points per game but ended up with its first shutout since 2003.


Bears profit on Hester's returns 42-27 - 12/12/2006

Devin Hester expects teams to keep on kicking deep to him. And he expects to keep right on returning those kicks to the end zone. The high-stepping rookie got the Rams' home dome rocking with chants of "Let's Go Bears!" as he set an NFL record with his fifth and sixth returns for touchdowns this season, a 94-yard kickoff runback in the second quarter and a 96-yarder in the final period. That sparked a 42-27 victory that gave the NFC North champions (11-2) a bye for the first week of the playoffs. "It's the NFL, and a team is not going to bow down to one player," Hester said. "They'll continue to kick to me." They're fools if they do. "It's like the gates of Heaven opening up for me," he added. A second-round draft pick, Hester also has three punt return touchdowns and ran back a missed field goal 108 yards against the Giants to tie the longest play in NFL history. But he had returned only six kickoffs all season before his historic romps that made the thousands of fans who trekked from Chicago rise from their seats. "I almost thought we were back at Soldier Field," coach Lovie Smith said. Hester struggled to find a position in college at Miami, but he has been a sensation with the ball in his hands on kick returns for the Bears. "The story of the game is Devin Hester," Smith said. "It's time we start looking at him as an offensive player. There are a lot of good offensive rookies in the league making big plays, but who has had as much impact as Devin Hester has in the league as a rookie right now?" He came through the middle on the first runback, then swiftly cut to his left untouched and sped down the sideline, high-stepping like a drum major the last few yards while holding up the football for the raucous Bears fans. Hester outdid himself in the fourth quarter when it appeared the Rams might try an onside kick. The only Bear standing deep, he went straight up the center of the field, again untouched, and turned around at the Rams 20 looking for pursuers. No one was there. He admitted it was a tribute to his friend Deion Sanders. "That played a major role in us losing the game," Rams cornerback Ron Bartell said. "We lost by 15. You take away those two returns, we've got a pretty good game." Beleaguered quarterback Rex Grossman had a pretty good game and the Chicago running attack dominated the last two quarters. Carrying a 14-13 lead into the second half, the Bears outgained the Rams (5-8) 191 yards to 31 in the third quarter. They scored on Thomas Jones' 30-yard run and Muhsin Muhammad's superb fingertip catch of a 14-yard pass from Grossman, who probably quieted calls for his benching -- particularly from the thousands of fans who outshouted Rams rooters much of the evening.


Jackson believes he ranks with NFL's elite backs - 12/08/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

Steven Jackson received some lofty praise from a teammate on Thursday, and the St. Louis Rams' increasingly confident running back believes it's on the mark. "Having gotten a chance to play with him and seeing him week to week, he is in my opinion one of the top three running backs in professional football -- if not the top back," safety Corey Chavous said. "When you start looking at his numbers and what he's been able to do, and with his size, speed and versatility, he is just an unbelievable package." Jackson secured his second straight 1,000-yard rushing season with four games to spare last week against the Cardinals, and 19 yards against the Chicago Bears on Monday night would top his career best. LaDainian Tomlinson and Larry Johnson are generally acknowledged as the top two backs in the NFL. Jackson feels he belongs in that company. "I do, and what's even more challenging is I'm here to try to prove I can be No. 1," Jackson said. "I know over time it'll come, as the yards rack up. That's what I'm striving to be, No. 1." Jackson is sixth in the NFL with 1,028 yards rushing, with Tomlinson and Johnson running 1-2 and each above 1,300 yards. He also trails San Francisco's Frank Gore (1,217), the New York Giants' Tiki Barber (1,1170) and Minnesota's Chester Taylor (1,098). Jackson's emergence as a receiving threat boosts him to third behind the Big 2 with 1,650 yards from scrimmage. He's second in the NFC with 72 receptions, needing only 15 catches to tie Marshall Faulk's franchise record set in 1999. "I think I've matured as an overall back, a guy who's showed my teammates and my coaching staff that there's really no need to pull me out of the game in any situation," Jackson said. "I feel like I can do everything the coaching staff asks me to do, and I'm willing to go to battle with my teammates." First-year coach Scott Linehan said Jackson's receiving has helped the Rams move the ball against zone defenses designed to muffle Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. Jackson caught 43 passes last year.


Bulger's rally snaps Rams' losing skid - 11/27/2006

It took a crucial stop by the Rams' beleaguered defense and Marc Bulger being nearly perfect on the winning drive to halt St. Louis' five-game losing streak. The Rams (5-6) broke another team's heart for a change on Bulger's 5-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Curtis with 27 seconds to go for a 20-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Twice during the skid they lost in the final minute. "We needed to win in the worst way," Curtis said. "To come out of there and score when we need to gives us a lot of hope for the rest of the season." San Francisco (5-6) totaled 171 yards rushing against the NFL's worst defense against the run, including 134 yards on 21 carries by Frank Gore. He's the fifth player in six weeks to top 100 against the Rams, and totaled 261 yards in two games against St. Louis. Leading 14-13 midway through the fourth quarter, the 49ers marched down the field on a 13-play, 75-yard drive that chewed up more than 7 minutes and included only one pass. The drive screeched to a halt at the 7 when Michael Robinson was stopped for no gain on third-and-1 by Brandon Chillar and Raonall Smith, forcing a 24-yard field goal by Joe Nedney with 3:54 to go. "That was a big moment," Rams middle linebacker Will Witherspoon said. "That was a game-changing moment." Gore was not in the game for the big carry because of an injured right ankle, which coach Mike Nolan described as a bruise. He was taken for X-rays after the game. Watch some of the best games from Week 12 all over again with NFL Replay on NFL Network. Airing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET, the broadcasts will feature a 90-minute fast-paced format complete with original television announcers and cameras. An additional game will be shown on Friday. Nolan wouldn't second-guess his decision not to go for the first down. "I thought about it at the time, running it hard, but we're on the road," Nolan said. "Make it a touchdown game. I wouldn't change anything." Stymied much of the game, Bulger was 9 for 9 for 66 yards during a 12-play, 80-yard drive for the winning score. He finished 23 for 34 for 201 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Bulger was sacked twice, a big improvement after absorbing 11 sacks the previous two weeks. The Rams have a makeshift line, featuring three replacements.


Once again, Brown lifts 'Hawks over Rams - 11/12/2006

The thrilling has seemingly gotten so routine for Josh Brown, he barely reacts to it now. But his Seahawks? They love it -- and Brown. Once again, they jubilantly mobbed each other after their absurdly cool kicker calmly made a 38-yard field goal with nine seconds left as Seattle beat St. Louis 24-22 and seize control of the NFC West. After his second game-winning kick to beat the Rams in less than a month, Brown simply bowed his head into the hug of holder Ryan Plackemeier. The stunned Rams (4-5) simply stared at a fourth consecutive loss. It was Brown's fifth winning field goal for the Seahawks (6-3) since Oct. 2, 2005, when he clanged a potential winner from 47 yards off the left upright at the end of regulation in an overtime loss at Washington. "I'm not shocked I made it," Brown said. "I think I would have been more shocked had I missed. "It's definitely not an arrogance thing. ... We prepare like this every day." It all forced Seahawks defensive end Grant Wistrom to grudgingly praise his kicker. "This is the third game he's won this season, isn't it?" Wistrom said of Brown, correctly. "He's pretty important. "But I don't want to give him too much credit. He thinks he's pretty good already." Brown probably would not have gotten his chance without Nate Burleson's first Seattle heroics.


Chiefs follow Johnson to win over Rams - 11/06/2006

After backing up pregame braggadocio about dealing out the hits rather than taking them, Larry Johnson had a lot more to say. Johnson rushed for 172 yards, becoming the second straight running back to punish the St. Louis Rams defense in the Kansas City Chiefs' 31-17 victory. It wasn't nearly enough. "I'm a little disappointed because I feel we did leave 200 yards of rushing on that field," Johnson said. "The way we were going out there and just pushing them backward and shakings things up, we should have done even more." The Chiefs defense forced three early turnovers against a team that emphasizes ball security, and Kansas City capitalized en route to a 17-point cushion. "You can't put Kansas City in a short field like that," Rams offensive tackle Orlando Pace said. "It makes it tough on us and a lot easier on those guys." Jared Allen stripped Marc Bulger on a sack and recovered Steven Jackson 's fumble for the Chiefs, who have won three in a row for the first time under new coach Herman Edwards.


Chargers' offense at it again in 38-24 win - 10/29/2006

For those who might have been thinking there was something wrong with LaDainian Tomlinson, there isn't. Tomlinson reminded everyone just how good he is when he rushed for a season-high 183 yards and scored three more touchdowns to lead the San Diego Chargers to a 38-24 win over the St. Louis Rams. 183 yards and two touchdowns on the ground from LaDainian Tomlinson sparked the Chargers. "So many questions start to come when you don't have 100 yards," said Tomlinson, who has scored 11 touchdowns in helping the Chargers to a 5-2 record. "People start to wonder, are you getting old or have you lost a step? For me, it's all motivation. "If I lost a step and had a day like this today, I'd hate to see if I was a young man what I would have done today with the kind of holes I ran through." Tomlinson surpassed 8,000 yards rushing for his six-year career, and tied his boyhood idol, Emmitt Smith, as the second-fastest players to score 90 touchdowns, in 86 games. The quickest was Jim Brown in 81 games. Tomlinson, who carried 25 times, reached 90 career TDs by scoring on the ground to cap the Chargers' first two drives. He added his 91st when he caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers with 3:58 left in the game.


Seahawks' FG at the buzzer beats Rams - 10/16/2006

The luck of the Rams finally ran out. Twice this season -- against Arizona and Green Bay -- St. Louis was on the verge of losing, only to be saved by late-game fumbles by opponents. It almost happened again, but Seattle's Josh Brown kicked a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give Seattle an improbable 30-28 win. "It was a great game to watch, I'm sure," Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said. "A tough game to coach. Fortunately, Josh was on today." The win put Seattle (4-1) back atop the NFC West, a half game ahead of the Rams (4-2), who have a bye next week. Seattle won with MVP running back Shaun Alexander still out with a broken foot, and without wide receiver Bobby Engram (thyroid condition) and tight end Jerramy Stevens (knee). The game shaped up early as a Rams blowout. Two touchdown passes from Marc Bulger to Torry Holt and a 2-yard run by Steven Jackson gave St. Louis a 21-7 lead at the half. As dominant as the Rams were in the first half, Seattle was better in the second, scoring 20 straight points to go up 27-21 late in the game. Then the fun began. After Bulger's first interception in 204 attempts this season gave Seattle the ball deep in St. Louis territory, the game seemed over. But Leonard Little stripped Maurice Morris at the St. Louis 7 with 2:48 to play, and Jimmy Kennedy recovered. From the St. Louis 33, Bulger threw deep over the middle. Holt, in single coverage, got a hand on the ball at the Seattle 20, tipped it into the air, then grabbed it and ran into the end zone for a career-best third touchdown catch.


WEEK 4 SCOUTING REPORT | Lions at Rams - 10/01/2006
Source: Detroit Free Press

Lions' running offense vs. Rams' run defense Running back Kevin Jones looked good against Green Bay last week, but offensive coordinator Mike Martz gave him only six carries in the second half. The Lions were throwing the ball effectively, and they were behind. Advantage: Rams. Lions' passing offense vs. Rams' pass defense Jon Kitna is off to the best three-game start for a quarterback in Lions history in terms of yards (801). He has thrown only one interception, and pass interference probably should have been called on the play. Kitna said he had extra incentive to win because of Martz's return to St. Louis. Well, he'll have an extra challenge, too. A lot of the Rams' defenders used to play against Martz's offense every day in practice, so not much should come as a surprise to them, and the Rams are tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions. Advantage: Lions. Rams' running offense vs. Lions' run defense St. Louis offensive coordinator Greg Olson -- the Lions' co-offensive coordinator at the end of last season -- has been giving the ball to running back Steven Jackson. Advantage: Lions. Rams' passing offense vs. Lions' pass defense Martz has given the defensive coaches the rundown on the Rams -- their psyches, their tendencies, et cetera -- and defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson said they were using some of Martz's ideas. It helps the Lions that left tackle Orlando Pace (concussion) is doubtful. Advantage: Rams. Special teams Jason Hanson hasn't been perfect on field goals. Nick Harris has struggled with punts. Eddie Drummond has struggled on punt returns. And the coverage units haven't been as good as usual, either. If Shaun Bodiford is ready to play after missing three games with a knee injury, he might help as a returner or a coverage guy. Advantage: Lions.


Big plays help 49ers beat Rams 20-13 - 09/17/2006

When Antonio Bryant heard the next play call, he stuck his head in the San Francisco 49ers' huddle and yelled something foolish. "Meet me in the end zone," the receiver told his offensive line. That would've been downright hilarious from a member of last season's woeful 49ers -- but then Bryant made a 72-yard touchdown catch, keying San Francisco's 20-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams. The 49ers' defense also looked tougher than most expected, sacking Marc Bulger six times and holding strong in the final minutes of San Francisco's second straight home-opening win over its oldest rival. Though the postgame scene wasn't nearly as festive as the back-slapping, handshaking party after last season's opening win, coach Mike Nolan again sees progress from his club. Alex Smith passed for 233 yards and Frank Gore rushed for 127 -- including a 32-yard score -- as the 49ers (1-1) followed up a narrow loss at Arizona last week with a cohesive victory. The Rams (1-1) have abandoned the "Greatest Show on Turf" offense that tormented the Niners for so many years -- and they've scored just one touchdown in their first two games under new coach Scott Linehan. Steven Jackson rushed for 103 yards, but mistakes and big stops limited the Rams to three points and 118 yards in the second half.


Jackson ready for larger role in offense - 09/07/2006
Source: ESPN

RB Steven Jackson has been asking for more carries for as long as he can remember, and with Mike Martz out of the picture, he expects to get them.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson has the ability to produce a monster season if he gets the carries he's been clamoring for, and there's no reason to believe he won't.


Faulk to miss season with knee surgery; future uncertain - 07/21/2006

St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk will have major reconstructive knee surgery and miss the 2006 season, a blow that could spell the end of his career.

Fantasy Impact: Faulk obviously will have no fantasy value this year, and this surgery will likely end his incredible career. The Rams will be looking elsewhere for someone to replace Faulk as Jackson's backup, with two possibilities being Michael Bennett of the Saints, and Chris Brown of the Titans.

  Rushing Receiving Fumbles
Year Team G Att Yds YPA YPG TD 100+
Yd G
Rec Yds YPR YPG YAC 1st
TD 100+
Yd G
Fum Fum
2004 STL 14 134 673 5 48.1 4 0 19 189 9.9 13.5 12 6 0 0 1 1
2005 STL 15 254 1046 4.1 69.7 8 2 43 320 7.4 21.3 7 12 2 0 3 3
  Rushing Receiving Fumbles
Week Opp Att Yds YPA YPG TD 100+
Yd G
Rec Yds YPR YPG YAC 1st
TD 100+
Yd G
Fum Fum
1DEN 22 121 5.5 0 0 1 4 19 4.8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2@SFO 22 103 4.7 0 0 1 2 21 10.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3@ARI 24 62 2.6 0 0 0 3 59 19.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4DET 22 81 3.7 0 1 0 6 65 10.8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5@GNB 23 98 4.3 0 0 0 3 20 6.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6SEA 20 56 2.8 0 1 0 7 40 5.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8@SDG 18 84 4.7 0 1 0 3 55 18.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9KAN 19 86 4.5 0 1 0 13 133 10.2 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
10@SEA 18 93 5.2 0 1 0 6 40 6.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11@CAR 7 27 3.9 0 0 0 7 30 4.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12SFO 23 121 5.3 0 1 1 9 71 7.9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13ARI 21 96 4.6 0 0 0 9 69 7.7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
14CHI 18 81 4.5 0 1 0 10 58 5.8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
15@OAK 31 127 4.1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16WAS 33 150 4.5 0 1 1 6 102 17 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
17@MIN 25 142 5.7 0 3 1 2 24 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2006To Date 346 1528 4.4 95.5 13 6 90 806 9 50.4 0 0 3 3 4 2


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