According to multiple reports, the Patriots came into agreement with free agent running back, Steven Jackson, to a one-year, veteran's minimum deal.
The Patriots, who have been ravaged by injuries this season, went into Sunday's game against the Patriots with a running back by committee, featuring James White, Brandon Bolden, and former practice squad player, Joey Iosefa.
With the injuries to top running back, Dion Lewis, and heavy hitter Legarrette Blount, many thought that the Patriots were in dire need of another pair of fresh legs to compliment New England's passing attack. The Patriots brought Steven Jackson in for a visit last Wednesday, and, with no contract imminent, many believed that the deal had fallen through or Jackson was not in shape.
Having not played in the NFL since last year, Jackson, who is now 32, should be completely healthy and ready to go. Thankfully, the Patriots will only need him for, at most, five games and will be looking to use him as their power back.
While many may criticize this deal, the Patriots are well-known for revitalizing dwindling careers. The three-time Pro Bowler has rushed for 11,388 yards (18th All-Time) in 11 seasons with the St. Louis Rams and Atlanta Falcons. Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels, who formerly worked within the St. Louis Rams organization when Jackson was there, has had a good relationship with the 6-foot-3, 230 pound power back.
Look for Jackson to fill Legarrette Blount's role, while James White focuses on passing downs, and Brandon Bolden spot runs with more of a focus back on Special Teams.
Needless to say, SJax is pumped to be a Patriot and back in the NFL:
By Pete Packowski