Schofield’s QB Camp: The five notable quarterback performances of week 15

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Mark Schofield
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Week 15 of the 2020 NFL season provided its fill of surprises. The New York Jets, previously winless, knocked off the Los Angeles Rams. The Cincinnati Bengals, down to their third quarterback of the season, dealt the Pittsburgh Steelers their third-straight loss.

And we were treated to some great quarterback play.

Each week at Schofield’s QB Camp we dive into the film to highlight notable quarterback performances, and this holiday week is no different. Here are film breakdowns of five of the most notable quarterback performances from Week 15.

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Something about Tom Brady trailing the Atlanta Falcons seems to bring out the best in him. After getting down early to their division rivals the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stormed back in the second half to earn a critical late-season win. In the comeback Brady completed 31 of 45 passes for 390 yards and a pair of touchdowns. This video highlights Brady's placement in the downfield passing game, his pocket movement, and the game-winning touchdown to Antonio Brown: https://twitter.com/MarkSchofield/status/1341126296328290304

Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

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One of the mainstays this season in these weekly breakdowns has been Justin Herbert. The rookie quarterback is forcing many in the evaluation space to re-think how they approach quarterbacks and quarterback development and Herbert's - perhaps along with Josh Allen's - is going to have ripple effects across the league. On Thursday night Herbert was again stellar in an overtime win against the Las Vegas Raiders. This video looks at four plays and examines throwing against leverage, play-action passing, throwing the "scholarship route," and the huge play in overtime to set up the winning touchdown: https://twitter.com/MarkSchofield/status/1340055728627826692

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

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Speaking of Josh Allen, the young quarterback and the Buffalo Bills clinched their first AFC East title in 25 years with a win Saturday against the Denver Broncos. Allen was solid in the victory and on a touchdown to Jake Kumerow might have delivered his best throw as a professional. In this video we'll see that touchdown as well as Allen's ability to work through his reads, and his timing and rhythm on the "5" route: https://twitter.com/MarkSchofield/status/1340836068799750145

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns

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Football Twitter has been debating Baker Mayfield and the play-action passing game almost since Sunday Night Football ended. While that debate will rage on, what is not up for debate is that Mayfield had one of his better games of the year Sunday night in a win over the New York Giants. The QB completed 27 of 32 passes for 297 yards and a pair of touchdowns, guiding the Browns to a critical 20-6 win. This video highlights the play-action passing game - of course - while also diving into Mayfield's eyes and placement, as well as his pocket movement: https://twitter.com/MarkSchofield/status/1341135270847131648

Sam Darnold, New York Jets

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There will be plenty of time to discuss what the New York Jets should do if they indeed end up with the second pick in the draft as a result of Sunday's upset of the Los Angeles Rams. For now, however, let's focus on some good play from the Jets and their young quarterback. In the upset Darnold completed 22 of 31 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown. Not overly impressive numbers, but it is the season of giving and let's give Darnold a chance to be highlighted: https://twitter.com/MarkSchofield/status/1341129444757483522