New York Jets Playbook – Breaking In The New Personnel

Joe Caporoso breaks down a few intriguing personnel groups and formations the New York Jets used against the Colts

The New York Jets displayed a handful of intriguing personnel groupings and formations in their pre-season debut against the Indianapolis Colts. While you don’t want to read too much into what you see in August, the plays still provide a general preview for how the Jets plan to use certain players. Let’s take a quick look at five of those formations and plays…

Play 1

This is a third and long on the Jets first drive. Geno Smith is in shotgun with Chris Johnson as his single back. They have a tight twins formation on both sides of the set. Eric Decker and David Nelson are the outside receivers, Jeff Cumberland and Jeremy Kerley are the inside receivers. Cumberland and Kerley run delayed flat routes to clear out passing lanes for Nelson and Decker who are running deep curl routes pass the first down marker. Decker runs a beautiful route and is open for a completion from Geno. Unfortunately this was called back because of a false start on Nelson.

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Play 2

Geno Smith is back in the shotgun with Johnson as the single back. Stephen Hill is the backside “X” receiver while Jace Amaro is front-side in the slot, with Jeff Cumberland down as the in-line “Y” tight end and Eric Decker to his outside as the “Z” receiver. Cumberland runs a deep in-cut, while Amaro runs a whip route underneath him that opens up a passing lane (well designed, Marty). Johnson is knocked over on his checkdown route, while Decker and Hill run verticals against the 2 high look on the outside. Decker runs his route at 100%. Hill jogs his route.

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Play 3

Smith is in the shotgun with Chris Ivory as the single back. Zach Sudfeld is the “Z” receiver, who motions in towards the formation, Jace Amaro is the H-Back or “F” tight end in a three point stance off the line, while Jeff Cumberland is the traditional in-line tight end. Stephen Hill is the backside “X” receiver. Despite Amaro getting a nice cut block, there isn’t much push from Cumberland and the offensive line, leading to an unsuccessful play.

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Play 4

On 3rd and 4 with Mike Vick at QB, the Jets have Amaro split out as the “Z” receiver and motioning towards the formation. David Nelson is in a three point stance as the “F” tight end, while Cumberland remains in-line. Cumberland releases on a deep corner route and is open for what should be a touchdown (hey, Mike look at him!), Amaro runs a shallow drag and does an excellent job of settling in the open window, while Nelson releases to the flat.

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Play 5

The Jets go five wide shotgun with Mike Vick under center. Chris Johnson is split out wide to the right, Jace Amaro is in the slot. On the other side of the set, David Nelson is out wide and motions into the formation, while Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland form a tight twins formation. Nelson breaks over the middle and is briefly open, Amaro is smothered on his slot fade, while Johnson runs a lackadaisical route underneath him. Kerley and Cumberland’s speed outs are well covered, leading to Vick scrambling for a short gain.

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports