NFL News: The New England Patriots, hampered by persistent injury woes at running back this season, have signed free agent Steven Jackson to a one-year deal.
Jackson, the 32-year-old veteran, worked out with the NFL champions last Thursday. Jackson hasn’t played in the league since being released by Atlanta Falcons back in February.
Jackson, a former three-time Pro Bowler, spent nine seasons with the Rams and two with Falcons after being drafted by St. Louis back in 2004. Jackson is sure to bring veteran leadership and stability to the Patriots locker room.
NFL News: With RBs LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis out with season-ending injuries, Jackson could provide the much-needed depth to the Patriots roster. Jackson shares close ties with Josh McDaniels, the current Patriots offensive coordinator during the latter’s stint with the Rams. Meanwhile, Pats receiver Danny Amendola welcomed Jackson into the fold. “Stephen is a great player. He is a very physical back. He’s smart. He’s a veteran. He’s a good teammate. I loved playing with him,” said Amendola, who played four seasons on the Rams during Jackson’s heydays.
While the Patriots are yet to make an official statement, Jackson announced the decision via Twitter with a photo of himself working out accompanied by the line “I’m Back.” The veteran later updated the caption and called himself a “New England Patriots running back.”
Jackson surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for eight consecutive seasons between 2005 and 2012. Though Jackson couldn’t help the Falcons the way he produced with the Rams, many NFL coaches still feel he can deliver under the Patriots’ system.
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