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Playbook: Tight End Slant

This is a play that many teams use on third down, or in long passing situations. The Tight End Slant. Giants use this a lot on third downs, and it works very well. Let’s go to the drawing board.

Let’s move from left to right. Smith is the last option. He’s running a simple fly route. He’s there mainly because they need to put out 11 players on the field.  Kevin Boss, the primary target, is running a simple slant route to the outside. Mario Manningham is running a crossing route. Nicks is running a fly route.

The key to this play is Manningham. Manningham is going to bring a safety with him across the middle, leaving Boss in single coverage against a linebacker. He should be able to beat that. Nicks is stretching the play vertically as to allow Boss room to operate. Nicks is also the secondary option, if Boss cannot beat his man.

Eli will drop back, simple 5 step drop. Boss will be beginning his turn to the outside when Eli releases the ball. It if works, the ball should be in Boss’ hands right as he’s approaching the sideline. Late in games, Boss steps out of bounds. His momentum is carrying him towards the sidelines anyway, so that’s where he’ll probably end up.

This play works when Manningham can bring the safety across the middle, and Boss can beat his man. It’s a simple play, really, but it can work very well for a nice 12-15 yard gain.

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One Response to “Playbook: Tight End Slant”

  1. Kaz says:

    Defense runs a cover two, is boss deep enough to get behind the corner? almost seems like the perfect defense to defend this play, or maybe manningham is running his rout deeper than the linebackers? gonna have to be a deeeep in.

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