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Having good protection is very important to a running back.
Some of the best backs are not able to reach their full potential because their offensive line cannot clear a running lane. The O-line is supposed to make holes and block for the running back.
Every time Jones-Drew steps on the field, it's like he's walking into a drug deal with no backup. Whatever yards that the Jaguar is able to muster, he's doing it alone.
The Jacksonville offensive line is ranked 31st in the league. This makes Jones-Drew and his stats even more impressive.
For comparison purposes, Ray Rice has the sixth-best line protecting him.
Frank Gore and his Niners have the ninth-best line.
The amazing year that Reggie Bush is having is behind the eighth-best line.
MJD is having a career year with his own skills.