Jackson feels like he can still compete in NFL

June 15, 2017 - 12:26 pm
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Former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson is still a household name and fan favorite in Buffalo, even after being released during training camp back in 2015. After his release, Jackson signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, and has since been a free agent.

Jackson is currently third all-time on the Bills leading rushing list with 5,646 career yards. Jackson is also third in all-time games played for a running back (106) and fourth all-time in touchdowns (30).

Jackson joined Howard Simon on Thursday morning on WGR to reflect on his time with the Bills. He said he loved being around guys in the locker room and still wants a chance to compete on the field. He feels that he can still contribute to a team in the NFL and even gave the Bills a call after they lost Mike Gillislee to the Patriots.

“If the opportunity comes along, I’m going to try and take advantage of it,” Jackson said live in studio. “If it doesn’t happen, I still have 10 years to hang my hat on and I’ll be fine with that.”

As for the 2017 Bills roster and coaching staff, Jackson said he is excited about new head coach Sean McDermott and has heard nothing but good things about him, including that he holds the players accountable and makes sure they’re doing the right thing.

Jackson said that running back LeSean McCoy is one of a kind, wants to be successful and will continue to make plays. He also said that quarterback Tyrod Taylor knows what kind of pressure he’s under this season and thinks he will take his game to the next level.

“Tyrod is the first guy in the film room and the last one to leave the locker room,” Jackson said. “In the huddle, he knows what everyone is responsible for and gets guys in the right places.”

Jackson also told Howard that after trying to give everything that he could to the Bills fan base, it would be an honor to be on the Wall of Fame.

“That’s what you play for, to have fans treat you like you’re one of their own,” said Jackson. “It would be an accomplishment to go up with some of the greats that are up there and have your legacy submitted in an organization.”

Jackson feels that Bills fans are always so genuine and he appreciates all the love and support Buffalo has showed him, especially because of where he came from and how he got here.

“I had to work a little harder to get where I am,” said Jackson. “That’s why I love the game so much at this level and appreciate all the small things.”

You can listen to Jackson's full interview below:

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