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NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars defense didn’t have an easy day against the Giants in Week 1. We all knew the offense with Pat Shurmur was going to be similar to the San Francisco offense of last season, which is a Dump and Run with crossing routes and when ran perfectly timed routes. They meticulously pick apart zone and they know how to isolate 1 on 1’s against man to man defense. It looked like there was a pick involved with almost every single one of Odell Beckham’s routes. Jalen Ramsey and others had some trouble just getting around the LBs when lined up across him.

It is much easier in trips so whether its the right or left, the cross is coming.

This man to man coverage happened a couple times vs New York but this is why Odell went 11 for 15 in receptions. He was wide open a lot of time and also using this tactic to get his own guys open in the secondary.

You only need to gain 4 yards at a time in order to march down the field and Pat Shurmur knows that the best. Jaguars biggest worry is not letting too many of these cross plays convert on 3rd downs.

The slot receiver attacks the middle linebacker, whether if its zone or man, he’s going to take any defender out of the way when you run directly into them 7 yards down the field.

Despite questioning the legality the majority of New York Giants routes, last week against New England, the offense of the Jacksonville Jaguars did utilize the cross routes to get open to convert a crucial 3rd down in the 3rd quarter.

Jaguars were better off against New England in man to man all game and Jaguars wanted to prevent having the linebackers and mostly the corners from being in zone.

To prevent these cross routes you can press and that seemed like it was a part of the plan for the Jaguars Defense.

With 1:46 in 1stquarter Jaguars Jaguars switched to a press man to man early to allow the defensive line time to get to Tom; and that was the plan all the way until the 4th quarter.