Ever since running back Brandon Jackson signed with the Cleveland Browns, he has been pegged as a guy who can be an asset in pass protection. We were not able to see his pass protection on display last year since he was placed on the injured reserve, but fans who did not watch him play in Green Bay might wonder, "just how good of a pass protector is this guy?" Well, according to Pro Football Focus, he is the best in the league in Pass Blocking Efficiency (PBE) over the past three years. For your reference, here is how PFF defines PBE:
The Pass Blocking Efficiency is found when you add sacks to three quarters the value of the total number of hits and hurries, divide it by pass blocking snaps and then multiply by 100. You then take that number away from 100 and the closer the number to 100 the better. For a running back to be considered a pass blocker he cannot at any time make himself an eligible receiver and must engage or look to engage with a pass rusher.
Jackson was given a PBE of 97.92. Out of 160 attempts, he only gave up four total pressures. Behind Jackson are Ahmad Bradshaw, John Kuhn, Thomas Jones, and Maurice Jones-Drew. On the opposite side of the spectrum is Jonathan Stewart, who has yielded 25 pressures and has the league's worst PBE. If Trent Richardson's blocking is as good as the pundits have made it out to be, then Cleveland's primary two backs (not including Hardesty) will help keep Brandon Weeden clean on third down, hopefully leading to a good third-down conversion rate for years to come.