Inside the Mornhinweg Playbook: Geno Smith to David Nelson for 26: Week 8

Dec 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver David Nelson (86) celebrates his touchdown catch during the second half of their game against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Browns 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday morning Jets fans, and back inside the Marty Mornhinweg playbook we go. For weeks we have been looking back at a successful play from each week of the 2013 season and breaking it down. Was it the design? Was it simply beautiful execution? What made the play a success, and therefore, something we want to see again in 2014.

This week, we look at week 8 of the season, when the Jets had their heads handed to them by the Bengals. Despite that, there was a play worth taking a look at. It was a second quarter hookup between Geno Smith and David Nelson.

Let’s take a look:

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Geno Smith is lined up in the shotgun, with one back lined up right next to him. Our featured receiver, David Nelson, is lined up on the outside to the right. David is going to run his route straight down the field, with his man sticking right with him.

Thank Geno Smith for this one, as he makes a terrific throw. Let’s move ahead.

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As usual, there are many different options out there for Geno Smith. The trouble is, none of them really appear to be open. He is locked in on our featured receiver, David Nelson. He gives David a chance to make a play, and he does it by making an absolutely perfect throw. As we move ahead, you will see Geno puts a throw right on Nelson’s back shoulder, where only he can get it.

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I know the picture is from a bit of a distance, but Geno has marked the spot with this one. Either Geno Smith is going to connect with David Nelson, or the pass is going to be incomplete. The defender has no chance to make the play here. In this case, David Nelson makes the catch……..

He stumbles ahead for a 26 yard gain and a first down from the Jets. Granted, one of the few from that afternoon, but it was still a nice play.

In looking at this play, we get a glimpse of why Geno Smith should be “the guy” going forward. As long as he keeps this downward trend of turnovers going, he certainly can make an accurate throw. He did make a beautiful one on this play.

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