Commentary

Running with Steven Jackson

Updated: October 18, 2007, 5:23 PM ET
By Steven Jackson

As I understand it from the comments in Conversation, a lot of you here got a kick out of the "inside info" from last week, so I figured I'd bring you all on a Fantastic Voyage deep into the recesses of my brain, and give you a little bit of insight into what goes on when I get the ball in my hands.

It all really starts as soon as I get the play from Marc [Bulger]. We break the huddle and I immediately look at the defense to see their alignment, and to see if they are showing any tendencies. Each play has a specific area to penetrate, so as soon as I get the ball, I'm trying to get to the point of attack as soon as possible. After that, I just react on whatever the defense is trying to take away.

So here's the snap, then the handoff. I try to run with the belief that if you think too much during the play, you're going to make mistakes. It's more of a reaction thing for me.

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My O-line does a great job and I'm usually able to hit the hole, but if a defense is stacking or over-pursuing at the point of attack, I will react and hit the cutback lanes. The key for me is to be a north runner and to get up-field as quickly as possible. I know I have the speed to run around people, but once I can get to that second level, I have no problem running through a defensive back. If I'm going to get brought down, I am going to do my damage. And that -- as quickly as you read it -- is what is going through my mind when I run the ball.

This is what I fully intend to do when I get back.

Speaking of getting back, there is a lot of speculation on me this week, but I can tell you that I am close. Very, very close. I ran last week, I felt stellar, and, as you all know, I've just been itching to get back on the field. Marc's coming back, you all saw that, right? He's ready to play now, and I think it couldn't have come at a better time, since we have Seattle this week, and we've always had great games with the Seahawks. I wish I could be out there, but it'll just be a little longer.

One last thing. I wouldn't be able to forgive myself if I didn't mention this:

Oregon St. 31
No. 2 California 28

...You're welcome, Ohio State, South Florida, and BC.

Have a great week, everyone. And hold tight to me in your leaguesyou may be seeing me sooner than you expected.

Rams running back Steven Jackson is a weekly contributor to ESPN.com Fantasy.