In his four NFL seasons, Gabe Jackson has been known mostly for his run blocking. But a recent stat put out by Pro Football Focus suggests he deserves more recognition for just how good he has been at pass blocking since entering the league in 2014.
According to PFF Jackson is 3rd in the league since 2015 in pass blocks per sack ratio among players with at least 600 or more pass block snaps.
Good luck recording a sack when lined up against Marshal Yanda! pic.twitter.com/WmKRbVYWYG— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 8, 2018
First place is Marshal Yanda with an absurd 1,313 pass blocks per sack given up since 2015, far outpacing even the second player Jack Mewhort’s 1172. Gabe Jackson has a ways to go to catch either of those players with his 3rd place 910 pass blocks per sack, but he is way ahead of the 4th place player Matt Slauson at 653.
This is even with Jackson’s poor season last year, being ranked below average for the season by PFF with a 69.1 rating. Last year was a slightly disappointing season for the highly paid Raiders offensive line as a unit, but especially Jackson who gave up 22 pressures in 2017.
Several factors contributed to his down season. He struggled with foot issues, first and foremost. The instability at right tackle position definitely didn’t help him and neither did the odd switch to more zone blocking.
With Jon Gruden comes a new offensive line coach in Tom Cable who hopefully will bring a better fitting system for the Raiders.
As for the right tackle position, Oakland spent high draft picks on 1st round pick Kolton Miller and 3rd round pick Brandon Parker. If either one of them can be an upgrade it would go a long way towards helping Gabe Jackson meet his extremely high expectations as well.