/N.F.L. Teams Rely More on Screen Pass to Charge Offense

N.F.L. Teams Rely More on Screen Pass to Charge Offense

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Matt Jones had a 78-yard touchdown on a screen play for the Washington Redskins against the New Orleans Saints in Week 10.

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ASHBURN, Va. — When running back Matt Jones made a 78-yard touchdown on a screen play for the Washington Redskins against the New Orleans Saints in Week 10, the Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams was rumbling nearly 30 yards beyond the line of scrimmage to block a cornerback and to help clear Jones’s path.

“I always ask Coach: ‘Can I enter into the screen? Can I enter into the screen?’ ” Williams said. “He always tells me: ‘No. Just take care of your assignment.’ And so, that time, I kind of felt like a kid just sneaking out of the house. I had a blast. I ended up making the one block that helped spring the touchdown. So it all worked out.”

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