This week we’ll be jumping back into the singleback tight slots set. The play we’ll be covering is Singleback Tight Slots – HB Wheel. This play mixes in very well with a money play we covered earlier in the year – Deep Post when you’re running out of the Jets or Saints playbook (Deep Post isn’t in Patriots book).
Play: Singleback Tight Slots – HB Wheel
Let me start by saying that while I listed dragging your Y(triangle) receiver as a required hot route, I do not always do this. Dragging the Y receiver creates a mesh concept for this play which I enjoy running most of the time. However, if I notice an opponent using hard flats often, I like to take advantage of that with the built in corner route. When dragging the Y receiver, it is typically my first read along with the A(x) crossing route. It is great for picking up short to medium gains:
I like the crossing A(x) route because its not quite a drag and not quite a slant. Also, personnel wise this is going to be your tight end unless you flip the play (another perk of this formation is the ability to flip plays without being obvious to the opponent). You can often force the ball to your big bodied tight end and make catches that a WR might drop when contested:
The last two routes to look to are the B(o) route and the X(square) route. The in route (B/o) is great for beating man and also good against zone, especially when your opponent is user defending with a MLB and moves him out of the way. The post route (X/square) is really great for getting inside position against man but also finding that tender spot against Cover 2 and similar coverages:
I’ve really enjoyed starting to work this play into my scheme because it really compliments the Deep Post play I mentioned earlier. It’s also has man beating and zone beating routes built in, and you get the extra blocker by blocking your RB. Try this play out and let me know how it works for you. Don’t forget to check back next week for another Madden Money Play, and if you didn’t see last week’s play you can check it out here.