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Bills' Fred Jackson expects big season from ground game

Fred Jackson isn't going anywhere Bills fans.  The veteran running back, who was going into the last year of his contract, has received a one year extension from the Bills.

In his 9th training camp as a member of the Bills,  Jackson has seen a lot over the last eight summers at St. John Fisher College.

 The veteran running back isn't going to panic if the offense is struggling over the first ten days of workouts but during an appearance on the WGR morning show Wednesday, he did acknowledge its been a bumpy ride so far.  

"We’re throwing a lot of stuff in from the play book" Jackson said.  Its not like we are focusing on one thing, one week.  We pretty much have the whole offense going in right now so a lot of guys are struggling with that.  It’s a lot of information to retain."
EJ Manuel has been inconsistent which is a big part of the problem right now but once again the Bills plan is not to put too much on the now second year quarterback.  Last year the Bills ran the ball 546 times while having 522 pass attempts, a near 50-50 split.  Many teams were closer to a 40-60 run/pass balance.  With even more depth in the backfield this season, Jackson expects the Bills philosophy of leaning on the ground attack to be the same. 

“That’s what we want.  With guys like CJ(Spiller) and myself and Bryce(Brown) and Boobie(Anthony Dixon), we want to make this thing go through us and we want to take a lot of pressure off EJ so he doesn’t so he doesn’t have to throw the ball 30 or 40 times a game."
Jackson is 33 years old which is considered ancient by running back standards but the Coe College product isn't your typical back.  He has 1,138 carries over seven NFL seasons and because of that lighter than normal workload for a 30 plus year old back, Jackson feels he has some good mileage left in him and in his Bills career.

“I’m extremely confident.  The only thing I have to do is continue to go out and play well on the football field and it’ll take care of itself.  I have to show them I still have some years left in me and then we’ll get the job taken care of."  

You can hear the entire interview with Fred Jackson who, for a second season, will be a regular on Buffalo Bills Football Monday on WGR:

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