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By: Mookie Alexander
This is how you sell a route on a running play.
Have a look at Seattle Seahawks rookie Kenneth Walker III’s game-sealing touchdown run against the New York Giants from the television angle.
.@Kenneth_Walker9’s got that K9 in him. TD @Seahawks!
: #NYGvsSEA on FOX
: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/E4IpTg1hqp pic.twitter.com/meJenyCniY
— NFL (@NFL) October 30, 2022
If you pay attention to the bottom of the screen, DK Metcalf is matched up with corner Adoree’ Jackson, and you’d probably assume that Metcalf had basically blocked Jackson out of the play and Walker had a path to the end zone once he got past the tackle attempt of Xavier McKinney.
Well… that’s not what happened.
Metcalf actually runs a slant route, then wait for it… wait for it… we’ve got first-hand footage from a fan who was at Lumen Field.
The fake fade by DK pic.twitter.com/6poS0DyfwH
— • ✭ (@6Blackhawks) October 31, 2022
Metcalf breaks to the outside and continues his route, carrying his fake so perfectly that he mimed waiting for an over the shoulder grab. As Walker reversed direction — an ad-lib since that’s definitely how the play was designed — and sprinted towards the goal line, Jackson was caught hook, line, and sinker defending a non-existent throw to DK.
Adoree’ certainly had a hell of an afternoon! He started the day with a pass defensed, a forced fumble on Tyler Lockett with a subsequent recovery, and ended it by biting on a Lockett double move for the go-ahead touchdown, followed by Metcalf faking him out on the Walker touchdown.
Give DK an Academy Award for that faux sluggo! This particular piece of film now supplants his pretend block on Alex Anzalone on Rashaad Penny’s TD run in Detroit.
Rashaad Penny said SEE YA. @pennyhendrixx
: #SEAvsDET on FOX
: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/CvE1Ql7jkg pic.twitter.com/o0WgPy0hQz
— NFL (@NFL) October 2, 2022
We also must shoutout Geno Smith, who’s had two instances of fakes that resulted in first down runs for Kenneth Walker III.
On fun run games: Geno’s fake botched snap with a direct snap to Ken Walker is one of the most hilarious and best plays of the year pic.twitter.com/HudsQzD9fT
— Bob the Pigeon (spookily Genopilled) (@BobTheSarcastic) October 17, 2022
You love to see it.
Originally posted on Field Gulls