Jackson, 31, joined the Falcons as their top free-agent signing on offense in 2013 but had a disappointing season marred by injuries. He missed four games with a left hamstring injury and rushed 157 times for 543 yards, a career-low average of 3.5, with six touchdowns.
Jackson said his rehab wasn’t that tough. He had to come back from a left hamstring injury last season.
“I’m an old veteran guy, so I kind of know the tricks of the trade,” Jackson said. “I know what to do to get in shape if it’s just running wind sprints on the side while we’re doing walk-throughs or riding the bike early in the morning before the guys get in. There are 24 hours in the day for me to make sure that I’m fit and I’m ready.”
Veteran running back Jacquizz Rodgers has started all three exhibition games.
Also, tight end Mickey Shuler, who was in the concussion protocol program, and offensive lineman Gabe Carimi (ankle) were back at practice.
Safety Dezman Southward (concussion) was not dressed for practice and right guard Jon Asamoah was held out of practice with an undisclosed injury.