A quick breakdown of three big plays in the passing game from the New York Jets 17-13 win in their preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars…
Quincy Enunwa 26 yard gain
The Jets come out in a shotgun, trips left formation with a singleback. Jalin Marshall is the backside split end. Brandon Marshall is the frontside flanker, with Eric Decker in the slot. Quincy Enunwa is at the H, tight to the formation. Jacksonville is in a four man front and playing man-free coverage with one high safety.
Marshall and Marshall both run ten yard stop routes, occupying the cornerbacks. Eric Decker releases down the seam, which help occupies the one high safety. Marshall and Decker lined up next to each other is always going to attract plenty of attention.
With the focus frontside on Marshall and Decker, Enunwa releases on a waggle route, basically a 45 degree angle across the formation. He undercuts the strongside linebacker and weaves behind the weakside linebacker into a huge hole between the backers and safety. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick drops the ball in for the completion. With a slightly more accurate pass, this might be a 65 yard touchdown rather than a 26 yard gain because Enunwa has space to run.
Quincy Enunwa 43 yard gain
The play after, the Jets come out in a five wide shotgun and basically run the exact same play. The personnel is the same except Kenbrell Thompkins replaces Bilal Powell and is split out wide on the weak side of the formation with Jalin Marshall moving in the slot. The route combination is identical to the play above, except Marshall runs a slot hitch route to mirror Thompkins and Marshall (Brandon)’s route. Decker still runs the seam. Enunwa still runs the waggle.
This time Fitzpatrick hits Enunwa on the run leading to a huge chunk of YAC. Chan Gailey showed last year he isn’t afraid to repeatedly go to the same play until a defense stops it (remember Eric Decker in the slot versus the Giants).
Charone Peak 17 yard touchdown
The Jets are again in their base formation: Shotgun, singleback with a frontside trips formation. Jace Amaro is now at the H, with Jalin Marshall in the slot and Kenbrell Thompkins on the outside. The backside receiver is Charone Peake. Geno Smith is at quarterback.
This is an all vertical concept with Marshall bending his route into a post from the slot. On the backside, Peake is running a go route. It is on the quarterback and receiver to have an understanding that if he runs past the corner, the ball is floated to the corner of the endzone. If they are running even to each other, the quarterback throws the ball on a line to his back shoulder. The back shoulder is perfectly executed here with a well placed throw and terrific footwork from Peake. There is nothing the cornerback can do with execution like this.
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