Playbook: H-Back

I mentioned this in T and M, but the Giants truly do now know how to use a H-Back. They have one, a prototypical one, in Travis Beckum. Yet they just refuse to use him in a proper way. Let’s diagram what an actual H-Back should do

That’s a standard route tree for a H-back. Not too many routes. But, adding in motion, it’s designed to get him in soft spots.

There’s usually going to be receivers next to him, taking attention away from the H-Back. Remember, a H-Back is an tweener. Too small to be a tight end, too small to be a wideout.

So Beckum is usually staying in the middle of the field. Crossing routes, curl routes, our toues, and the occasional fly route. All designed to get mismatches.

If the tight end is being covered by a safety, and the receivers are being covered by the corners, a good H-Back can usually beat a linebacker. It’s a good mismatch.

The Giants use Beckum as a traditional tight end, which would be fine, if he didn’t have the skill set of a H-Back. He’s only 6-3, and runs pretty well. He’s a tweener. The Giants need to use him in H-back situations, so they can utilize his skill set effectively.

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4 Responses to “Playbook: H-Back”

  1. Mike says:

    I completely agree with you – it’s perplexing that we heard all about Beckum’s skills as an H-back when he was drafted and how it would add another facet to the offense, then he seemed to morph into just another backup tight end. I’m hoping to hear some reports out of practices that they’re running plays with him as a real H-back, but I’m getting skeptical at this point.

  2. LIGiantfan says:

    Is it that Coughlin and Kildrive don’t like the h-back concept? Or maybe Beckum isn’t as good as they say because your explanation makes it seem pretty simple to incorporate into an offense.

    Could Barden be used as an H-back?

  3. uconnjoec says:

    Forget HB…how about we actually get a Fullback who can play and god forbid get one who can catch the ball? I agree that H-Back would be a great weapon to add to our arsenal, but how many times did we see Hedgecock drop the ball in the flat over the past couple of years?

    Where is Jim Finn when you need him?

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