Even in this disappointing season, sometimes things come together for the New York Jets passing offense. Let’s break down a successful 31 yard completion to Brandon Marshall from last week and explain how it happened…
The Formation: Shotgun, singleback (Bilal Powell) with Robby Anderson backside as the weak side split end. Quincy Enunwa at H-Back frontside (after coming in motion), Brandon Marshall as the slot receiver and Charone Peake as the frontside flanker. Cleveland is playing man free, with one high safety. They rush 4.The Route Combination: Powell immediately releases with to a quick out route, drawing the weakside linebacker. Anderson runs a deep comeback to occupy the backside corner. Enunwa runs a short speed out to occupy the strongside backer/nickel. Peake runs a takeoff route to clear out the frontside corner. All of this is done to create a window for Brandon Marshall on a 12-15 yard dig route in the window opened up by the two short speed outs.
Where The Jets Win: Marshall easily beats the inside corner and Fitzpatrick throws a perfect in-stride pass (a rarity!) into the window opened up by Powell and Enunwa’s short out routes. Marshall catches the ball in stride so he can run away from the one high safety to create a sizable chunk of YAC. The Jets protection holds up well despite Cleveland running a twist stunt with their interior defensive linemen.
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