Playbook: New England Patriots

Formation: Gun Tight Slots

Play: PA Flood Shot (Version 1)

Setup:

  1. Put your Y/triangle receiver on a streak route
  2. Put your X/square receiver on an out route
  3. Put your B/circle receiver on a streak
  4. (Optional) Block the running back and motion him to the other side depending on which side you expect a blitz

Reads:

  1. Our main read on this play is the Y/triangle receiver against cover 3 defenses (lead pass to the sideline)
  2. We will also usually have our A/X tight end open
  3. If he is covered, look to playmaker the X/square receiver up field, scramble, or throw it away

Overview: This play torches cover 3 defenses, even when (and especially if) your opponent is using protect the sticks. If you know your opponent is using the protect the sticks feature, hot route your Y/triangle receiver to a fade route instead of a streak route to make the play more effective.

If your opponent catches on, you switch the routes that your Y/triangle receiver and X/square receivers are running. You’d put your X/square receiver on the streak and the Y/triangle receiver on the out route.

Playbook: New England Patriots

Formation: Gun Tight Slots

Play: PA Flood Shot (Version 2)

Setup:

  1. Put your Y/triangle receiver on a streak route
  2. Put the A/X tight end on a streak route
  3. Put the B/circle receiver on an out route
  4. (Optional) Block your running back

Reads:

  1. Against cover 3 defenses, throw to your tight end (lead pass to the sideline)
  2. Against cover 2 defenses, throw to your X/square receiver (Lead pass to down and to the sideline)

Overview: This play does a great job of attacking deep regardless of what coverage your opponent is in.

Playbook: New England Patriots

Formation: Gun Tight Slots

Play: Bench Swap

Setup:

  1. Hot route the A/X tight end to a fade
  2. (Optional) Put your Y/triangle receiver on a streak

Reads:

  1. Your first read is always your running back in the flat
  2. If he is covered, your B/circle receiver will be open most of the time
  3. If you see a cover 3 defense, you can sometimes hit the Y/triangle receiver deep on the streak route (lead pass to the sideline)
  4. Against cover 2 defense, you can hit the Y/triangle receiver (lead pass inside)
  5. If he isn’t there, look to your other receivers or throw the ball away

Overview: This play can be very hard to stop when you make good, quick reads.

Playbook: New England Patriots

Formation: Gun Tight Slots

Play: Corner N Go’s

Setup:

  1. Smart route the X/square receiver
  2. Put the B/circle receiver on an in route and smart route him

Reads:

  1. Your first read is always your Y/triangle receiver in the flat (lead pass up field)
  2. If he is covered, look to one of the receivers coming over the middle of the field

Overview: The primary read on this play is always the Y/triangle receiver. Against any defense that doesn’t have hard flats, you can usually get 6-8 yards pretty easily.

Playbook: New England Patriots

Formation: Gun Tight Slots

Play: HB Draw

Setup: None required

Overview: Just follow your blockers.