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Giants vs. Bucs: Tampa Bay sub packages and how to throw against them

Listen up, Jason Garrett, here’s your cheat sheet!

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As covered recently, defenses in the NFL right now are using some different sub packages on third down situations. Both the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Giants are relying on defensive groupings with zero or one defensive lineman on the field. That puts more athletic linebackers in the game to generate pressure through quickness and different blitz packages.

That awaits Daniel Jones when the Giants square off with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has used a sub package of his own, relying on some 1-5-5 and some 1-4-6 groupings in the past few weeks. What makes what Tampa Bay is doing interesting is that they are generally playing zone coverage in those situations, which allows the players in the secondary to read the eyes of the quarterback.

Here is a look at what to expect from this package, and how Jones can beat it:

There are throws to be made against this group, Jones just needs to do what Derek Carr does in the final example and take what the defense gives him.

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