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Michael Turner was a major liability in Atlanta's otherwise explosive offense in 2012.
He averaged a pedestrian 3.6 yards per carry and rarely displayed any burst when he had the ball in his hands.
Also, he managed only 19 receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown.
Jackson has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in every season since his rookie campaign in 2004, and averaged 4.1 yards per carry behind what ProFootballFocus (subscription required) graded as the 25th best run-blocking offensive line last year.
He's averaged 40 receptions over the last two seasons and has always been comfortable catching passes out of the backfield.
For a pass-heavy team like the Falcons, Jackson is an ideal complement.