DoYouSeeWhatHappensLarry Posted August 5, 2015 Share Posted August 5, 2015 So rotoworld just published this little nugget:http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/6475/julio-jonesJulio Jones is practicing all over the formation at Falcons camp.Whereas old Falcons OC Dirk Koetter aligned Julio almost strictly on the left side of the formation at X receiver, the X receiver position in new OC Kyle Shanahan typically moves around a ton in an effort to create favorable matchups. It's a position manned by Andre Johnson and Pierre Garcon on Shanahan's past teams. Without question, Julio will be a target vacuum this year. Aug 5 - 1:14 PMSource: Vaughn McClure on Twitter I think this is interesting because it dovetails very nicely with this article I read about the Packers the other day:http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/173209/inside-slant-the-packers-secret-and-simple-formula-in-the-aaron-rodgers-eraIt's a great read but I've highlighted a few interesting thigns here:Interviews with Rodgers, his receivers and coach Mike McCarthy revealed an approach that values football intelligence and requires wideouts to learn all four positions (outside and slot on both sides). It throws added complexity to the defense while maintaining an intuitive sensibility for the receivers.McCarthy teaches the Packers' passing offense based on concepts -- how a play is designed and why it is supposed to work -- rather than individual routes. Receivers are naturally exposed to every route assigned in a given play, and McCarthy wants them not just to understand each concept but to be prepared to execute any part of it in a game."If a receiver can't play all four positions, I struggle with that," McCarthy said. "It's such a prominent position today compared to 10-15 years ago, because you're playing every play with three and sometimes four on the field. You might have one great receiver, but if he can't line up in all four spots, he's easier to take away."Nelson, for example, is built like a classic outside receiver at 6-foot-3 and 217 pounds. You might be surprised to know he has appeared in the slot on 622 plays over the past two seasons, about a third of his total snaps. Cobb, presumed to be an ideal slot receiver at 5-10 and with elite quickness, played about 20 percent of his snaps on the outside in 2014. Adams saw 43 snaps in the slot during the regular season, enough to be trusted there for that third-down catch against the Cowboys."You learn the concept as one, so we can interchange the formation," Cobb said. "We can move guys around the formation and run the same play but it looks different because maybe I'm lined up outside, and Jordy is maybe at [slot] and we have a tight end in between us, but it's still the same play." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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