DROPBACK #4-FOURTH QUARTER, 3RD AND ONE FROM THE AZ 1
This play is very similar to the one we just described. The Jets actually have the “jumbo” package in the game, with Jason Smith in as a tackle eligible. Two backs are straight behind McElroy, and there are no wide receivers out there. McElroy shows terrific ball handling here, selling the play-fake and opening things up for Cumberland, take a look:
See the linebackers, circled in red, following towards Shonn Greene? It was a great play-fake that got them moving towards the running back, but that left the right side wide open for Jeff Cumberland, circled in green. McElroy takes the designed roll-out to the right, easy pitch and catch for the TD. Great ball handling by McElroy here.
DROPBACK #5-FOURTH QUARTER, THIRD AND EIGHT FROM THE NYJ 35
On this one, McElroy is in the shotgun with Kahlil Bell next to him on the right. The formation starts with three wide receivers to the left and one to the right. Jeremy Kerley comes in motion across the formation from the slot left to the slot right. McElroy takes the snap and steps up. Unfortunately, nobody down the field has gotten any separation down the field, so everybody is covered. So, he alertly steps up in the pocket and scrambles right, making a smart flip to his running back, Kahlil Bell. Unfortunately, Bell fumbles the football after being hit by Kerry Rhodes, but the play was an alert one by McElroy. Good pocket presence.
DROPBACK #6-FOURTH QUARTER, SECOND AND ELEVEN FROM THE NYJ 25
McElroy is under center on this one, with one back straight behind him. There is one wide receiver lined up wide to the left, and 2 wide to the right. Jeremy Kerley motions from the outside on the right to the slot on the right. McElroy takes the snap and executes a three step drop. Kerley runs a simple out route, McElroy makes a strong throw to Kerley, complete for five yards. His footwork is solid, McElroy makes a strong throw, and puts it in a great location for Kerley to make the catch in stride. Well done here.