Steven Jackson is the 28-year-old running back for the St. Louis Rams, he was drafted in the 2004 NFL Draft and since then has been a prolific part of the Rams' team.
So far Jackson seems to be having a good season for the team, chances are that he will most definitely beat the 1000-yard mark and this would be for the seventh consecutive time. Right now Jackson has rushed for 966 yards in 14 games.
He is an exceptional player stuck on a mediocre team, at best.
Jackson has clearly defined himself as the Rams' most deadly and consistent weapon on the field though disappointingly for the Rams’ fans their favorite player seems to be taking a beating this year.
This sites more to the sense that Jackson is not a player to be traded but is a player that needs to be worked on in the coming offseason as 28 years old is a number drawing very close to an NFL’s running back career end.
This also points to the matter that the Rams can try to bag another running back if they find a player good enough in the free agent pool, or somewhere between the second and third round NFL Draft.
The fact of the matter is that it is always a healthy move for a team to have a second running back as injuries tend to be a common occurrence on the football field and this can drastically affect the team’s performance in the season. Such an example comes from this season’s Cadillac Williams injury after which Steven Jackson has had to carry the weight of the team which has clearly affected his performance.
When considering the free agent market then there are only a few names that stand out and the ones on the top of the list are Mike Tolbert, Peyton Hillis and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Another option for the St. Louis Rams would be to draft an offensive tackle or a receiver, but at running back the potential golden choice would be LaMichael James as he is an strong pass catcher and his style is the opposite of Steven Jackson and this combo could work wonders for the team.
Another option would be Cyrus Gray from Texas A&M, some people have even ventured on ideas of Montee Ball who is a St. Louis-area-native and would be a great complimentary asset to Steven Jackson as he has already run 39 touchdowns for Wisconsin.