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Toby Gerhart earns worst running grade from Pro Football Focus

The Jaguars signed Toby Gerhart to be their "bell-cow" back, but we knew behind a brand new offensive line he'd struggle. Through the first two weeks of the regular season, no one could have known how bad it could get.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars lost in every phase you could think of on Sunday to Washington, bowing out with a 41-10 score that wasn't indicative of just how underwhelming the team looked.

When Chad Henne wasn't stepping into sacks or holding onto the ball for too long, he was missing receivers down the field. The offensive line, while not responsible for all of the franchise record 10 sacks they gave up on Sunday, certainly weren't good by any stretch of the imagination. And except for a few flashes, the defense looked tired, overmatched, and confused.

But for the second straight week in a row, the Jaguars couldn't get their rushing attack going and it's earned Toby Gerhart the worst running grade of any player through the first two weeks of the season.

According to Pro Football Focus, Gerhart's closest competitors for worst-rated were Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce, New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley, and Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington. All of them had poor Week 1 outings, with the four of them combining for 45 carries and 135 yards.

But whereas all three bounced in Week 2 with solid performances to balance out their scores (Pierce had 96 yards, Ridley had 101 yards, and Ellington had 91 yards) Gerhart finished Sunday's contest with just seven carries for eight yards. His -2.9 rating is more than twice as low as all but five running backs.

Granted, it's hard to get a running game going when the opposing defense doesn't fear your passing game and stacks the box with six, seven, or even eight defenders on a regular basis. It's also hard when you face a two-touchdown deficit for three quarters of the game.

But the fact remains that everyone is under-performing, and its effects are far-reaching, leading to the league's worst rushing attack through the first two weeks of the season.