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Dec 23, 2015 6:28 PM

Patriots sign Steven Jackson, gear up to play the Jets


FOXBORO, Mass. - The Patriots visit the New York Jets this coming Sunday.

With a win, the team will clinch the top seed in the conference and have home field advantage in the playoffs.

Yesterday it was announced that seven New England players were named to the Pro Bowl. That's not too shabby for a team that's faced key injuries almost every week. This week, they are getting a boost with their latest signing, veteran running back Steven Jackson.

"It's exciting," Jackson said. "I couldn't have asked for a better Christmas gift. I'm just looking forward to continuing to get better and learn the Patriots' way."

Running back Dion Lewis has been out since week 9 and Lagarette Blount put on injured reserve last week. James White and Brandon Bolden have been valuable but Jackson will give options for Tom Brady. The 6-foot 2-inches veteran has over 11,300 yards and 68 touchdowns over his 11 year career. He's spent most of his time with the St. Louis Rams, where he played in 2011 under Patriots' offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

"He's had a lot of experience; he's played in this league a long time and he's played in a lot of big games," said wide receiver Danny Amendola who played with Jackson in St. Louis.

Jackson said he's been staying in shape by working out three days a week and jogging on his own.

"The game plan is what it is. I've got to get in as fast as possible and learn offense and when coach calls my number, be ready to execute like any other guy in the back field."

The Patriots are on the road for the final two regular season games.


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