Fred Jackson has endured the lows of being part of the Buffalo Bills organization throughout his career, but he believes the team is headed in the right direction and he is excited about the upcoming season.
Today was move-in day for Buffalo's veterans and Jackson spoke to the media about his excitement for this season, starting with the coaching staff.
"The number one thing I'm excited about is a second year with this coaching staff," Jackson said. "Their number one thing coming in was to get this thing turned around. Being with those guys for a second year, figuring each other out and what we want to do, how to use us and stuff like that, I think it’s going to be a tremendous thing that comes to fruition for us this year. That’s the number one thing I’m excited about, it’s easy to sit here and talk about it but I think we have the keys, we’ve added some pieces, guys have been here for a little while and we know what we have to do to get it done."
Jackson has been a passionate competitor for the Bills since he first strapped on the pads, and he is ready to help Buffalo get to the playoffs to end the NFL's longest active playoff drought. However, the Bills will need to do it without Kiko Alonso, who will miss his entire sophomore season with a torn ACL.
"Obviously, you never want to lose a player of that magnitude," Jackson said. "He did some tremendous things for us last year, and we definitely want a player of his caliber on the field at all times. I wouldn’t say I get rattled, but it’s definitely frustrating knowing how hard he worked to get ready for this year, coming off of hip surgery, he was trying to get back out there and be able to start the season with us. But now it’s just about who’s going to be the next guy up. We’ve played with that mentality the entire time I’ve been here, and that’s the mentality we have to continue to go forward with."
The Bills are ready to get to work on a season that many fans are expecting to be a huge step forward. Team management feels that they have added enough pieces to make the team a playoff contender, and Jackson isn't getting any younger.
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