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Fred Jackson was thrown into the starting lineup at the beginning of last season due to Marshawn Lynch’s suspension. He didn’t disappoint. In Lynch’s absence, he rushed for 291 yards, including 163 in the home opener against Tampa Bay. Freddy’s good start allowed him to be the feature back, finishing the season with 1,062 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground and 371 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air.
As mentioned with Marshawn, the Bills’ backfield got a bit more crowed with the first round draft pick CJ Spiller. Coaches and fans are going to want to see what Spiller can do, which will likely take the ball out of the hands of Jackson and Lynch.
Jackson was the first of the trio to catch the injury bug that goes around the Bills locker room so swiftly. In the Bills’ first preseason game against the Redskins, Jackson injured his hand. The injury caused him to miss the remainder of the preseason and allowed Spiller a chance to impress his observers.
Freddy is a good all-around back. He has given Bills fans no reason to doubt his abilities. However, he lacks that “x” factor. Lynch has the power to run over a linebacker and Spiller has the speed to outrun almost any defensive back. Jackson hasn’t shown anything of the sort. If Lynch stays focused and Spiller continues to show flashes of excitement, Freddy may end up being the one left in the dark.