EAGLE EYE IN THE SKY
YOU MUST ACCOUNT FOR EVERYONE
THE EAGLES INCORPORATED A PASS PLAY THAT CREATED A BIG GAIN
UTILIZING THE RUNNING BACK AS THE RECEIVING OPTION
BY FRAN DUFFY
I was really excited to see quarterback Carson Wentz making his return in Week 3 against Indianapolis for a couple of reasons. Wentz is
a great player, one of the best in the entire NFL, but this Eagles offense also needed a shot in the arm, especially when attacking vertically
down the field and in the intermediate areas. I also thought that he’d have an opportunity to put the ball downfield against the Colts and
their zone coverage scheme. We saw just that on this long 34-yard completion to Wendell Smallwood.
This is a concept that took the league by storm in 2017, resulting in several huge catches down the field by some of the best playmaking
running backs in football such as Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt and Los Angeles’ Todd Gurley. There are several layers to this play that make
it work, so let’s go step by step to break it down.
This play starts with “Jet” motion in the backfield from a slot receiver. Here, Nelson Agholor comes in motion from right to left, sprinting
across the field before the snap of the ball.
That motion holds the eyes of two underneath defenders for the Colts. Agholor had been used on these types of motions many times
over the first two games, so he is a legitimate threat to get the football in this situation.
The ball is snapped, and we get to see how the complementary routes develop.
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