The Atlanta Falcons wanted to improve their running game. They did just that by signing Steven Jackson — the future Hall of Fame running back formerly of the St. Louis Rams. Jackson will get a three-year contract with Atlanta.
This is a great move for everyone involved. The Falcons are in a win-now mode and Jackson will help immediately.
As for Jackson, he wanted a starting gig — and he landed one of the best jobs in the entire NFL. He’ll find plenty of running room since defenses will be forced to key in on Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Julio Jones and the rest of the passing game.
Steven Jackson vs. Michael Turner
So how does Jackson compare to Turner?
He stacks up very well. Last season, Turner averaged only 3.6 yards per carry. His 19 receptions last season were a career-high.
Jackson, on the other hand, averaged 4.1 yards per carry last season and 4.2 yards per carry for his career. Unlike Turner, Jackson is also a threat to catch the ball. He had 38 catches last season and has caught more than 40 passes seven times in his career — including a career-high 90 back in 2006.
This running back swap will make the Falcons better and more versatile. Add in the return of Tony Gonzalez and Atlanta is definitely a Super Bowl favorite.