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Ravens show interest in veteran RB Fred Jackson

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With Taliaferro out for a few weeks, there is a need for a player like Jackson...

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The Ravens have questions at running back beyond starter Justin Forsett, so it comes as no surprise that there would be rumors about interest from the Ravens in running back Fred Jackson, recently released by the Buffalo Bills. It is reported that the Ravens are making a real run at the 34 year old, although the Seahawks remain the favorites to sign him:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ex-Bills RB Fred Jackson expected to sign with Seahawks, but <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ravens?src=hash">#Ravens</a> showed interest, per <a href="https://twitter.com/viccarucci">@viccarucci</a></p>&mdash; Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) <a href="https://twitter.com/jamisonhensley/status/638717778686541824">September 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ravens?src=hash">#Ravens</a>&#39; reported interest in RB Fred Jackson shows there&#39;s some concern with Buck Allen as No. 2 back and Lorenzo Taliaferro&#39;s injury</p>&mdash; Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) <a href="https://twitter.com/jamisonhensley/status/638718664414494720">September 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Backup running back Lorenzo Taliaferro is expected to be out for at least the first few weeks of the season, and backup Javorius Allen was underwhelming in the last preseason game. The other option for the third running back spot is Terrence Magee, an undrafted free agent back out of LSU. The diminutive running back possesses abilities similar to those of former Ravens star RB Ray Rice, and is an eager contributor on special teams. But Jackson would give the Ravens a proven backup who has shown above average receiving skills and YAC ability at the NFL level.

The Ravens would be lucky to have him, although it would put them in quite the pickle whenever Taliaferro is ready to return.