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Fred Jackson Competing For A Roster Spot This Summer

According to veteran RB Fred Jackson, he’s competing for a roster spot in Bills’ training camp.

“We’ll see what happens with me getting cut or not,” Jackson said, via BuffaloBills.com. “I’ll go out and do whatever I can to make sure that doesn’t happen. We’ve got to compete every year. This year is no different than any other year. I’ve got to go out and compete for my job.

Jackson added that he’s not overly concerned with the team trading for LeSean McCoy this offseason, given that he’s dealt with competition in the past.

“I think every year you have to compete for your spot and that’s how I approach it,” said Jackson. “You draft a guy like Marshawn (Lynch) and you know he’s going to be the guy. So you go in and compete and you want to be on the field so you’ve got to go out and do that.

“Then you draft a guy like C.J. (Spiller) and nothing has changed. You go out and you compete and do whatever you can to make plays when you get the opportunity to do so. Then they bring in Shady (McCoy). It’s just the same book, different chapter for myself. Tremendous running backs, every one of them. It’s just another challenge for me to prove that I can still compete and make plays for this team. And when I do get opportunities make sure to do so.

There was actually some talk that the Bills could part ways with Jackson back in early March, but Buffalo ultimately elected to retain him without any changes to his contract.

The Bills also have Anthony DixonBryce Brown, and rookie Karlos Williams all competing for roster spots and playing time this summer.

Jackson, 34, still has one year remaining on his two-year, $5.24 million contract that includes a base salary of $2.35 million for the 2015 season.

In 2014, Jackson ran for 525 yards on 141 carries (3.7 YPC) to go along with 66 receptions, 501 yards receiving and three total touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 16 running back out of 57 qualifying players.

 

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