ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - The Bills running back situation got even more crowded this off-season with the additions of Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown. The spotlight always seems to be on former first round pick C.J. Spiller. So where does veteran Fred Jackson fit in the mix?
"It's just about letting them know what I see," Jackson said. "What I've experienced having a year in the system. Trying to explain it to them the best that I know it. And putting those guys in the right positions to make plays. We have some great guys in our backfield and we just have to exploit what they bring to the game."
Still, there are only so many carries out there. Jackson is coming off a career-high nine rushing touchdown last season, but will have to once again show that he can still be a factor on the field.
"I embrace that challenge," Jackson said. "When you constantly have to prove yourself, you can either fight it or you can embrace it. And I choose to embrace. And whenever that test is set up for me, I want to go out and hit it head strong and let them know that I can still compete and play at a high level with these guys."
Jackson is entering the final year of his contract with the Bills. At 33 years old and with a cluster of younger running backs already on the roster, his future with the team after this season seems uncertain. But Jackson won't let that weigh him down.
"I can't," Jackson said. "All I can do is go out and take care of what I do on the field. And if it comes to that point, we'll see what happens. I've always said I want to finish as a Bill here and we'll see what happens when we have to cross that bridge."
The side of the bridge he is on currently has added weapons not only to the backfield, but on the outside. The Bills used their first round draft pick on Sammy Watkins and signed Buffalo native Mike Williams through free agency. And by combining those pieces with the core already in place, Jackson feels 2014 should be explosive for the offense.
"We can go as far as we want to go," Jackson said. "And that's just it, we have to know where want to get to and do what it takes to get to that journey. So I know guys are ecstatic about the opportunity. Bringing in some new guys Sammy, Mike, whose been in this system before... EJ's in here doing everything he can to be the best quarterback for us. He's going to be the answer to everything. We're going to go as far as he can carry us."