DROPBACK #7-FOURTH QUARTER, THIRD AND SIX FROM THE NYJ 30
McElroy is in the shotgun with one back lined up next to him to the left. Two wide receivers are lined up wide to the left and one is lined up wide to the right. McElroy takes the snap, and rolls in what looks to be a designed roll out to the right. Unfortunately, nobody is open, so wisely, he throws the ball away as he takes a hit. Take the incomplete pass and move on.
DROPBACK #8-FOURTH QUARTER, SECOND AND SIX FROM THE AZ 46
McElroy is under center, with one back straight behind him. There is one wide receiver to the left , and one to the right (S. Hill). Hill motions from right to left across the formation. McElroy takes the snap and runs a designed roll-out to the right. Again, nobody is open so he takes it forward for a 4 yard scramble. Nothing special, but still not forcing the issue, taking what the defense is giving him.
DROPBACK #9-FOURTH QUARTER, THIRD AND THREE FROM THE AZ 43
From the shotgun, McElroy has one back lined up next to him on the left. Two wide receivers are lined up to the left, and two to the right. Stephen Hill is to the outside on the right, and is the intended receiver on this play. McElroy takes the snap and takes 5 steps back, locking in on Hill the entire time. Hill never really gets off the press coverage, but McElroy takes a shot, giving Hill a chance to make a play. However, he didn’t see the help coming from the safety, and he overthrows Hill, getting picked off by the safety. Luckily, the play was nullified by a penalty, but a bad throw here, and a bad decision nonetheless.
DROPBACK #10-FOURTH QUARTER, THIRD AND NINE FROM THE AZ 37
This is a huge third down conversion for McElroy here. He is in the gun, with one back next to him to the right. One receiver is lined up to the left (S. Hill), and one to the right (J. Kerley). Hill is initially lined up tight in the formation, but motions wide to the left. McElroy takes the snap and drops a quick three steps. Kerley runs his man down the field, and McElroy puts a great throw on his back shoulder. Kerley makes the catch good for 13 yards, and a huge third down conversion to keep the game in the Jets hands. Good footwork and a strong accurate throw.
All in all, 5-7 for 29 yards and 1 TD is by no means spectacular. But when you break it down, McElroy made good decisions, accurate throws, and for the most part, didn’t force the issue. He might have locked onto his primary target a little too much, but that will get better. He didn’t make great deep throws, but he only threw it seven times. Let’s give him a chance.
All in all, the early returns are a quarterback that is accurate, makes good decisions with the football, but isn’t the best with the deep ball. Remind you of anyone?
The Jets could do a lot worse.