Mark Gaughan's Big-Play Breakdown: Cover 3 criss-cross to Jermaine Kearse - The Buffalo News

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Mark Gaughan's Big-Play Breakdown: Cover 3 criss-cross to Jermaine Kearse

The Jets' longest pass play of the past five weeks was a 44-yarder from Josh McCown to Jermaine Kearse in the Oct. 15 loss to New England. It was a case of a perfect call against the Patriots' Cover 3 zone, which is one of the favored Bills coverages.

Kearse (10) and Jeremy Kerley (11) criss-crossed deep downfield. Pats cornerback Malcolm Butler (21), responsible for his deep third of the field, had to follow Kerley. That left Kearse wide open down the sideline. The other element that made the play work was the Pats' four-man pass rush gave McCown (15) all day to throw. He held the ball for 4.2 seconds to allow the late criss-cross to develop.

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