All-22 Review – Deep Ball Perfection utilizing Run Heavy Personnel.
Situation- Beginning 2nd half play against New York, Minnesota lines up in 21 personnel on 1st and 10 from the 25 yard line. This base offensive look limits what the Giants can do defensively as they clearly deploy a single high safety look with press man coverage on the outside with 8 defenders in the “Box”. (All Content courtesy of NFL Game Pass)
As Sam Bradford receives the snap from under center, the Giant defense does not know if it is going to be a pass or a run. Notice how their Linebackers are fixated on the backfield in this run heavy Viking offensive formation.
Upon receiving the snap, Bradford immediately places his eyes hard to the right with the intention of manipulating and freezing the FS in the middle of the field. At the Bottom of the screen, the WR uses a “Tight” which is needed for this play to work.
As Bradford is nearing the top of his five step drop his eyes are still locked on the right side of the field as he attempts to fool the Giants Single High free safety. At the bottom of the screen the WR is beginning to gain separation from the man coverage while still leaving Bradford extended space to drop the ball into.
As Bradford sets up to deliver the throw we can clearly see the FS has been frozen and there is considerable green grass to throw the football to at the bottom of the screen.
The ball is released on time by Bradford within a clean pocket. Notice how the WR continues to run straight even though he has room to the outside – this allows Bradford to throw him open with touch.
Bradford drops the ball into the bucket as the Vikings take advantage of great formational design coupled with veteran eye level discipline and ball placement by Bradford to complete the fade pass.