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Mark Gaughan's Play to Watch: Play-action pass to Julio Jones


Play-action drive to Julio Jones

Just like the Bills, Atlanta is an outside zone running team. Just like the Bills, Atlanta's pass scheme plays off the zone run game. The difference is Atlanta has All-Pro receiver Julio Jones. Atlanta loves to run play-action to the right, then throw back to the left to Jones (11) on a short slant. He's a huge target, and it's next to unstoppable.

This is a slight variation Atlanta ran for a 34-yard gain against a Green Bay zone defense in Week Two. The safety on the play side bit on the run fake, and the other safety had to follow the receiver running down the deep middle. That left Jones wide open for Matt Ryan (2) on an intermediate cross, or drive route.


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