Michael Pallas \ Aug 18th, 2019
Versatility is a word that will be a word associated with the New York Jets offense in 2019 because they have a few players who can play multiple positions and they should take advantage of that.
The New York Jets are already dealing with an injury, and the offensive coaches should consider this a warning sign for two key players. Quincy Enunwa and Jamison Crowder have had relatively productive careers, when healthy, and that’s the operative term here. Both have an injury history, and the Jets are lucky to have Adam Gase as head coach and four players — Christopher Herndon, Le’Veon Bell, Ty Montgomery, and Trevon Wesco — with positional versatility. That lends itself to allowing the Jets (once Herndon returns from suspension) to use some different groupings. Let’s explore.
Personnel number explanation:
11 personnel = 1 back, 1 TE, 3 WR
12 personnel = 1 back, 2 TE, 2 WR
21 personnel = 2 backs, 1 TE, 2 WR
22 personnel = 2 backs, 2 TE, 1 WR
Gase loves 11 personnel. According to Austin Gayle of Pro Football Focus, the Jets have run 11 personnel 84% of the time during the preseason so far.
Through two preseason games, the #Jets have run 11 personnel on 84% of offensive plays — double what they ran last preseason.— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) August 17, 2019
And NYJ used 11 just 56% of the time in 2018.
That's really good news for Le'Veon Bell (lighter boxes) and Jamison Crowder (more opportunities).
Even though they should run it much less often, that doesn’t mean they have to use Crowder and Enunwa every time they run 11 personnel. Herndon, and Bell both have the ability to play in the slot and on the outside. So, the Jets could take advantage of their skills. They could also mix-and-match Ball and Montgomery between the slot and the backfield. In all of these, Wesco would be used as the in-line TE.
In this group, there’s somewhat less flexibility due to no slot receiver but still presents a similar opportunity. They could mix-and-match use a combination of Bell on the outside with Anderson and Montgomery in the backfield, or they can use Bell and Herndon on the outside with Daniel Brown and Wesco inside and Montgomery in the backfield.
There are three ways the Jets could attack this using this personnel grouping. The first is an “old-school” way. They could split Montgomery and Bell in the backfield, use Trevon Wesco as the in-line tight end, and line up Herdon outside opposite Robby Anderson.
They can also use the I-formation. In this grouping, they have several options:
In-line TE: Brown or Herndon
WR opposite Anderson: Herndon or Bell
Tailback: Bell or Montgomery
There are really only two ways to make this work. Both have Brown and Herndon lined up as the in-line tight ends and Wesco as the fullback. One has Bell as the tailback, and the other has him lined up outside in place of Anderson with Montgomery in the tailback spot.
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