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Falcons coach Mike Smith plans to use Steven Jackson as a receiving back

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01:13 PM ET 05.30 | Steven Jackson has made the Pro Bowl three times in his career, but no season comes close to the productive numbers he put up in 2006 when Jackson led the league in total yards from scrimmage with 2,334. The Rams toned down Jackson's role in the receiving game after that but his new head coach in Atlanta thinks that the veteran back can still be a very viable threat as a receiver. Head coach Mike Smith spoke briefly on how the team plans to use their new back:

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May 30, 2013  01:19 PM ET

I don't care that the NFL view backs now differently now than they did 15 years ago. How teams close to being a serious contender failed to sign this guy is beyond me. He's been hurt but still played in all but 2 games the past 4 years and stayed pretty healthy for the first time last year. Can't stand any Atl. teams for some reason but I think he's going to be a top 5 back this year. Great guy who I hope has a great year.

May 30, 2013  01:55 PM ET

Falcons on paper look better than last year and I wouldn't be surprised if they make the NFC Title game again.

May 30, 2013  03:02 PM ET

What they need is a Red Zone Running Back! But what do I know?

May 30, 2013  03:40 PM ET

Amazing career. This will be his 10th year as a RB in the NFL with almost 2,400 carries. He turns 30 this July. amazing.

 
May 31, 2013  12:27 AM ET

I think Steven (barring injury) has a lot of gas left in the tank. Not being an every down back will be a plus.

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