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Former UIF running back Fred Jackson has solid NFL start

December 3, 2007 - United Indoor Football Association (UIF) - Sioux City Bandits News Release

Landover, MD - Earlier in the week former Sioux City Bandits running back Freddy Jackson said "you go out and prepare that if your number's called that you're ready," in anticipation of his first National Football League start. Sunday the now Buffalo Bills running back was ready.

Jackson's jersey number is 22 and his number was the first number called. He ran for 22 yards. Jackson helped the Bills defeat the Washington Redskins 17-16. He finished with 82 yards on 16 carries and caught four passes for 69 yards.

Backup quarterback, Trent Edwards, also started for the Bills yesterday. He and Jackson played well together in the pre-season. Jackson told Edwards to think of their regular season starts as though it were pre-season. "I said, 'I'm going to be here on the check-downs for you when you need me, I'll be there in blitz pickup for you." As for Jackson's own approach to the game, he said it was to just keep going forward. "Anytime you get hit, just keep moving forward."

Jackson's initial carry was against 10 Redskins instead of 11 as Washington's defense chose to honor their late safety Sean Taylor in a missing man formation. Taylor died Tuesday, a day after being shot at his home in Florida during a burglary.

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