Chicago Bears: Steven Jackson

Fantasy Roundtable: Jackson vs. Forte

June, 13, 2013

Steven Jackson and Matt Forte are dual-threat running backs, but which one do you want in fantasy this year? ESPN fantasy analysts size up Jackson's and Forte's rankings and value for 2013.

Eight in the Box: FA winners or losers?

March, 22, 2013
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A look at whether each NFC North team has been a winner or a loser in free agency.

Chicago Bears: A hot start in free agency netted left tackle Jermon Bushrod and tight end Martellus Bennett. The Bears had been trying for five years to find a genuine left tackle, and Bushrod's arrival should boost the faith of quarterback Jay Cutler. Bennett, meanwhile, gives the Bears the kind of pass-catching tight end they once had in Greg Olsen. But Bushrod and Bennett accounted for most of the salary-cap space the Bears had budgeted to use, and now they are nibbling the edges. Overall, however, the Bears improved two important positions, making them winners in free agency.

Detroit Lions: The NFC North's most active offseason team has added three new starters in running back Reggie Bush, defensive end Jason Jones and safety Glover Quin. Bush will have a big impact on balancing the explosiveness in the Lions' offense, and Quin will pair with the returning Louis Delmas to give the Lions their best safety duo in recent memory. The Lions have improved as many positions as they could have given their tight salary-cap situation.

Green Bay Packers: It's difficult to win when you don't play, and general manager Ted Thompson is notoriously reluctant to compete financially in the market. He allowed receiver Greg Jennings to sign with the Minnesota Vikings and didn't make a good enough offer on running back Steven Jackson. But the Packers have made the playoffs in four consecutive seasons by following a similar approach. These days, their focus is on saving enough salary-cap space to re-sign quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews. The Packers won't find two players better than that on the free-agent market.

Minnesota Vikings: In essence, the Vikings traded receiver Percy Harvin for Jennings, along with a first-, third- and seventh-round draft pick. They won't replace Harvin's unique skill set, but that's not a bad recovery. The Vikings are also in a better spot at backup quarterback with Matt Cassel rather than Joe Webb. But they don't have a middle linebacker after bidding farewell to Jasper Brinkley, and they remain thin at cornerback after releasing Antoine Winfield. The Vikings remain a work in progress this offseason. They haven't won or lost yet.

Jackson active for Rams against Bears

September, 23, 2012
CHICAGO -- The St. Louis Rams announced that running back Steven Jackson will be active against the Chicago Bears. The Rams made the decision to activate Jackson after the running back tested his injured groin during pregame warm-ups at Soldier Field.

Matt Forte -- declared out on Friday -- leading a group of inctive Bears that includes former starting defensive tackle Matt Toeaina.

Other Bears inactives include receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, guard Edwin Williams, offensive tackle Jonathan Scott, defensive tackle Nate Collins and defensive end Cheta Ozougwu. With Toeaina out of action Sunday, it’s expected that recently acquired defensive tackle Amobi Okoye will take his spot in the defensive line rotation.

Inactives for the Rams include quarterback Austin Davis, safety Matthew Daniels, running back Terrance Ganaway, defensive tackle Matthew Conrath, offensive tackle Rodger Saffold, receiver Brian Quick and defensive tackle Michael Brockers.

Payne's return at SS a success

December, 6, 2009
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AP Photo/M. Spencer GreenKevin Payne had eight tackles Sunday in his first game back as the starting strong safety.

CHICAGO -- Kevin Payne's return to the starting lineup at strong safety was a success, as the third-year defensive back displayed a knack for making plays in the box and in the passing game. Not only did Payne record eight tackles (second to Jamar Williams), he also broke up two passes and nearly had an interception late in the game.

"I'm not satisfied because there is always room for improvement," Payne said. "I just want to continue to get better, and do whatever I can to help this team win. That's always my goal. As a whole, the defense stepped up and play hard. We had a lot of success out there today."

"We felt that Kevin Payne being in the strong position and Al Afalava in the back would be the best combination for us to be successful today," Lovie Smith said.

He was right.

Steven Jackson (112 yards rushing) was the only offensive threat for St. Louis, which got just 113 yards passing on 32 attempts from quarterback Kyle Boller. That's just terrible. For comparison sake; Jay Cutler threw for 143 yards on only 17 attempts.

Bears' Adams benched vs. Rams

December, 6, 2009
CHICAGO -- Gaines Adams is taking a seat on the bench, as the Bears have listed the former first-round pick as inactive for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams.

Adams did not appear on this week's injury report, so the decision is solely based on performance -- or lack thereof. In six games, Adams only has two tackles and one pass broken up in limited playing time. The hope is that Adams can be a factor in 2010, since the Bears gave up a second-round pick to acquire the defensive end from Tampa.

Other inactives include: Desmond Clark, Orlando Pace, Juaquin Iglesias, D.J. Moore, Matt Toeaina, Craig Steltz and Lance Briggs.

As expected; Chris Williams starts at left tackle; Kevin Shaffer at right tackle; Jamar Williams at weak side linebacker; Al Afalava at free safety and Kevin Payne at strong safety. Danieal Manning will be playing exclusively at nickel back..

Rookies Jarron Gilbert and Lance Louis are active.

Running back Steven Jackson will start for the Rams.

Rams' Jackson a remarkable threat

December, 3, 2009
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Dilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesDespite playing for the 1-10 Rams, Steven Jackson has rushed for 1,120 yards this season.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Steven Jackson's 2009 season has been truly remarkable. Despite being the only threat on the St. Louis Rams' offense, Jackson still has managed to rush for 1,120 yards and catch a team-high 40 passes out of the backfield.

It should come as no surprise that Jackson -- who is dealing with back spasms -- is the focal point of the Bears' defense this week. Stop Jackson, and the Rams really don't have much of a shot to win.

"He does see a lot of people in the box," Bears defensive end Alex Brown said. "He runs hard and finds holes. He's made a lot of plays for them. They haven't won, but he's definitely a bright spot on that team."

"He's one of the top backs in the league," defensive tackle Anthony Adams said. "He'll make you miss, he'll run through you and around you. He's quick and can block. He can do it all pretty much. We've got to stop him."

Donnie Avery is a decent threat at receiver for St. Louis, but Kyle Boller is their starting quarterback. If the Bears can't slow down Boller, then run for cover Sunday at Soldier Field.