After Michael Turner failed to be a legitimate running threat in 2012, the Falcons were unable to close out teams at the end of games in the playoffs despite getting really quick leads early in games.
Insert monster running back Steven Jackson.
He is someone who can give the Falcons a legitimate running threat as a primary back. But more than that, he doesn't have to come out on third downs, and he doesn't tip the Falcons' hand to the defense based on who the personnel on the field is.
The Falcons had Turner on the field for 513 snaps in 2012. Of those 513 snaps, 248 were carries and 15 were plays that he blocked for someone else to carry the ball. That means the Falcons ran over 50 percent of the time with Turner on the field. And when they weren't running, he was blocking 37 percent of the time and his routes weren't exactly crisp when he did run them.
On the flip side of that, Jackson played 733 snaps on offense in St. Louis. On his snaps, the Rams ran the ball just 42 percent of the time. And on top of that, when the Rams did pass the ball with Jackson on the field, he ran a route 81 percent of the time.
The versatility the Falcons get on offense with Steven Jackson will make them truly unstoppable. And all he will have to do is make sure he matches his numbers from last year of around 1,000 yards rushing and 300 receiving. Then the Falcons will be golden.