FOXBORO, Mass. — News of Steven Jackson’s reported meeting with the Patriots on Wednesday was circling all throughout New England, and the team’s locker room was no exception.
?I don?t know that we signed him,” Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola said. “I don?t know what the deal is. Apparently he?s still on the streets.?
Well, wherever Jackson is, apparently he is one step closer to providing the Patriots with some much-needed depth at running back. And if his meeting leads to an eventual contract with New England, he has a familiar face in Amendola to rely on.
Amendola and Jackson played together for four years with the Rams and have stayed in touch after they both departed St. Louis following the 2012 season.
?(Jackson’s ) a great player,? Amendola said. ?He?s a very physical back. He?s smart. He?s a veteran. He?s a good teammate. He?s physical. He?s smart. I loved playing with him.?
Jackson spent nine seasons with the Rams before playing for the Atlanta Falcons in 2013 and 2014. In 11 seasons, he has 11,388 rushing yards with 68 touchdowns in 158 total games. Jackson never played in less than 12 games during his 11 years on an NFL roster, but the free agent has yet to find a home with just three weeks remaining in the 2015 season.
Amendola wouldn’t be the only familiar face for Jackson in New England, though, as he was involved in a similar offense when Josh McDaniels was the Rams’ offensive coordinator in 2011.
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