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RamView: Week 2 – Running back

It looked at the beginning like Steven Jackson (19-75 rushing, 4-50 receiving) was going to run away with this game. By the second drive, he was already taking over, crashing off right tackle behind nice blocks by Jason Smith and Mike Karney for 13 and beating a blitz with a screen pass for 17. After a missed Raider FG late in the first, Jackson immediately put the Rams in Raider territory with another burst, for 23, off a Smith block, also with good blocking help from Adam Goldberg. On 3rd-and-6 a couple of plays later, he and Bradford beat another Raider blitz, and Steven determinedly runs through one tackle, hurdles a weak tackle attempt and charges 24 yards down to the 8 to set up the first TD pass. Hell of a first half for Jackson – he had 112 yards from scrimmage – but he was barely heard from again after halftime, finding little room on frequent tries up the middle. Jackson wasn’t as strong on blitz pickup today; he got knocked down a couple of times and left Raiders free runs at Bradford, and on the ground, couldn’t help out as a safety valve, which I think he would have been on the play where Bradford was sacked back at the Raider 20 on 3rd-and-goal. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to put a 6’2” 235-lb running back in a fish bowl. Suffice it to say there’s not a lot of room. As it did in the 2nd half today, the Rams’ inability or unwillingness to spread the field is going to bottle Jackson up like it did too many times last year.

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2 Responses to “RamView: Week 2 – Running back”

  1. Suffice it to say the Rams need to find more creative ways to get him the football. That’s up to the coaches. Everyone knows Jackson gives it his all every Sunday.

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