The “touch pass” version of the Jet Sweep has been abundant in college football for a few years now, and can be seen making its way into the NFL:
Plays like this are an easy way to get a speedy player the ball on the run, and they go into the box score as a an easy completion for your quarterback.
Against the Baltimore Ravens, the Browns ran a play action pass off of this look, utilizing the same pre-snap motion to pull the Ravens’ secondary apart before throwing it deep. QB Baker Mayfield faked the touch pass to RB Duke Johnson who came in motion, and threw to a wide-open Jarvis Landry who was streaking down the seam as a part of a 4 verts concept.
But this particular fake was nothing I’ve ever seen before: Baker actually tossed the ball...to himself. Here’s a look at the play:
It’s no coincidence that Baker recreated a Brett Favre photo for draft day, as these kinds of ad-libbed fakes are straight out of the Favre playbook. Hopefully we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to creative Mayfield ball fakes because they are fun, creative, and they seem to be effective as well.