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Breaking Down The Eddie Royal Touchdown Play


Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal (11) dives in for a touchdown past Jacksonville Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien (37) during the first half of the game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

I have had NFL Game Rewind for the last couple of seasons and still have not busted it out for Bolt Beat until today. Time to do a little film study of the Jacksonville Jaguars game. This play is the touchdown pass over to Eddie Royal from Philip Rivers.

The offense is lined up in shotgun with Danny Woodhead in the backfield. Vincent Brown is out wide to the left and Eddie Royal is in the slot, Antonio Gates is at tight end and Keenan Allen is out right. On this play, both Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal are running corner routes while Antonio Gates is running up the seam. There is a play action to Woodhead and Vincent Brown is running a 5 yard dig. I will apologize about the routes that I draw, since they are on my iPad and it is impossible to draw a straight line with my finger.

Once the play begins, Philip fakes the handoff to Woodhead and immediately looks up to see where the linebacker is. The linebacker bit a little bit and took a step over toward the run and now is trying to catch up on the play to cover Gates. The corner covering Royal was caught looking inside also.

Both Gates and Royal have a step on their opponent, so Rivers pump fakes the safety over to the middle of the field, knowing that he will have Royal in the corner.

The ball is out and look at how much room Royal has over there.

The ball is caught at around the 7 and Eddie does all the work himself after that to bring in the 7 points.