According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, the Cincinnati Bengals have "expressed interest" in running back Brandon Jackson, who played 16 games with the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. Jackson posted 703 yards rushing for a 3.7 yard/rush average and three touchdowns, starting 13 games . More specifically in a Jay Gruden offense that's promising an effective running back out of the backfield during the passing game, Jackson posted 43 receptions for 342 yards receiving.
Jackson lost his job as the starting running back to James Starks in the post-season and now just wants the opportunity to become a starter. "I feel like I’ve proven myself to be an every-down back, a third-down back – I can do it all," said Jackson, who posted a 3.58 yard/rush average in the past two seasons.
With a rookie quarterback and inexperienced receivers, the Bengals want to rebuild the rushing offense like they did in 2009. To do that the Bengals will need a bellcow-style running back, and with the uncertainty surrounding Cedric Benson's pending legal issues, that might have to come through free agency. However, Jackson only recorded one game with 20 rushes or more in 2010 and during only four games last season did Jackson post a yard-per-rush average of four yards or more.
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