Increasing the Action: How Should the Bills Utilize Fred Jackson?

Jason Del PozzoContributor IOctober 1, 2008

I had the pleasure of seeing Jackson start his first NFL game last year in D.C against the Redskins and he did not disappoint.  Not only did he perform on the field (82 yards rushing, 69 yards receiving) but he was a pleasure to talk with after the game (see photo).  Jackson was extremely happy to share his thoughts on the game and even wear my buddies hard hat.  I'd like to thank his wife for emailing us the pics we took. 

With that said, I coundn't be happier with the decision of the Bills coaching staff to continually incorporate Jackson in to the offense.  There has been a lot of talk about how Shoenert should balance the power and speed combo of Lynch and Jackson. With 28 rushes for 118 yards, Jackson is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, while averaging 8.5 yards per reception.  At 3.5 tough yards per carry, Lynch has the ability to wear down opposing defenses, which will soften things up for Jackson.  Going in to this week, Lynch has been called on to carry the ball 79 times compared to Jackson's 28.  

These statistics open a few arguments.  Do you give Jackson more carries considering he has a higher average per carry and per reception?  This seems like the obvious choice, and might help the offense get going earlier in the game.  However,  you can also argue that becuase of Lynch's running style, the Bills have been able to wear down defenses as the game progresses which would explain the Bills outscoring opponents 45-10 in the fourth quarter.  I'd like to see Jackson incorporated a bit more, but on 2nd and 3rd down with the chance to make plays and pick up the first down.  How to do that is a task I'll leave to the coaching staff, but I'd say they are doing just fine.  Anyway you slice it, the Bills have two great options out of the back field.  As the Bills continue to build momentum and gain the respect of football fans throughout the country we all need to remember; no one circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills.