Playbook: Run Heavy

Formation: Singleback Ace Slot

Play: PA Crosses

Setup:

  1. Put the left side TE on a curl route
  2. Put the X/square receiver on a drag route
  3. Block your running back.

Reads:

  1. Your first read is the quick hitter to the right TE on the drag
  2. Then look to the Curl route/Over route combo with the left TE and slot WR
  3. Your last option is the backside drag from the outside WR

Overview: This is going to be our main play that sets up everything else we want to do out of this formation. The curl route and over route is going to be extremely hard to stop, and because of this it will allow us to utilize both of our underneath drags assuming they play deeper to stop the other two routes.

Playbook: Run Heavy

Formation: Singleback Ace Slot

Play: Smash

Setup:

  1. Put both receivers on drag routes
  2. Hot route the tight end on the left to a curl route

Reads:

  1. Your first read is the high/low to the table route and corner route
  2. Then look to both drags backside
  3. If everything else is covered, high pass to the curl route

Overview: Smash allows us to target the right side of the field and then also have good options flowing across from the backside. The high pass to the corner route is going to be difficult to stop, also with the table route that will get good yards against anything other than a hard flat. We have two backside drags and then also that same curl to the other tight end.

Playbook: Run Heavy

Formation: Singleback Ace Slot

Play: HB Dive

Setup: None required

Overview: I’ve been a huge fan of singleback dive for years, specifically one out of a 2 TE set. Usually Singleback Ace is a great redzone scheme every year but I love ace slot because of the other options we have from this formation.

The dive is excellent, but again it is very important not to sprint until you fully make up your mind on where you are going.

Playbook: Run Heavy

Formation: Singleback Ace Slot

Play: HB Toss Strong

Setup: None required

Overview: In my opinion, this is one of the best toss plays in the game. The reason why is because as you see in the playart at the play selection screen, it puts an emphasis on getting your blockers on that outside hat placement and sealing the edge. It also pulls the toss side guard out just to focus on getting the edge even more.

These two run plays alone are great, but combined with the whole scheme it makes it a very tough guard down in the redzone.