After the first three weeks of the 2014 regular season, veteran Fred Jackson - the oldest running back in the NFL - has established (or, depending on your viewpoint, re-established) himself as a vital cog in the Buffalo Bills' passing offense.
Not only has Jackson's excellent blitz pickup ability made him the top passing down back on the roster, but he has been a player that second-year quarterback EJ Manuel has targeted early and often so far this season. Today, Jackson is tied with rookie wideout Sammy Watkins for tops on the Bills with 13 receptions, but he also sees a higher number of targets per snap played than the No. 4 overall pick in the draft, as well.
C.J. Spiller continues to be the top runner in Buffalo's offense - he's logged 37 carries to Jackson's 25 through three weeks - but Jackson has, to this point, been the more productive runner and receiver. And unless Manuel and Watkins can re-discover the mojo they displayed as a combination in Week 2, Jackson may be the most valuable receiving target on the team, as well.
|RB||Fred Jackson||102||17||16.7%||19.5%||13 rec, 118 yds, 1 TD|
|WR||Sammy Watkins||174||23||13.2%||26.4%||13 rec, 167 yds, 1 TD|
|WR||Robert Woods||164||17||10.4%||19.5%||8 rec, 102 yds|
|WR||Mike Williams||98||10||10.2%||11.5%||5 rec, 50 yds|
|RB||C.J. Spiller||80||7||8.8%||8.0%||7 rec, 57 yds, 1 TD|
|TE||Scott Chandler||133||8||6.0%||9.2%||7 rec, 101 yds|
|TE||Chris Gragg||54||2||3.7%||2.3%||1 rec, 14 yds|
|FB||Frank Summers||58||1||1.7%||1.1%||1 rec, 4 yds|