TOJ New York Jets Film Breakdown – Jets First Down vs. Miami

Joe Caporoso breaks down a rare positive play in the passing game for the New York Jets, a big gain from Sam Darnold to Chris Herndon…

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The Situation: 1st and 10 on Miami’s 15 yard line.

The Personnel: Two receivers, Robby Anderson at split end and Jermaine Kearse at flanker, Chris Herndon as the in-line Y tight end, Jordan Leggett lined up at fullback and Isaiah Crowell at halfback.

The Defense: Miami is in a 5-2 alignment upfront and sends all five down linemen after the quarterback. The two second level defenders are squatting in zone. On the back end, they are in single high man coverage.

The Route Combination: Kearse runs an 18 yard dig route, Anderson runs a clear out/vertical nine route. Both Leggett and Crowell immediately release into the flats, on opposite sides of the formation. Herndon runs a waggle route on a 45 degree angle after ripping under the first second level defender and then working behind the far second level defender.

Why It Worked: The Jets play action holds the linebacker for just long enough for Herndon to find a gap between them and the one high safety. Herndon also does a good job fighting through the coverage after his initial release. Sam Darnold is given a clean pocket off play action and drops in a perfect placed ball over the outstretched hands of the linebacker for a big gain.


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 EVP of Content at Whistle Sports