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Hazard's Huddle: Perry Riley vs. Atlanta Falcons (1st Half)

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An All-22 film breakdown of Perry Riley's performance vs. Atlanta Falcons (1st half)

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Continuing this week's series of looking at our free-agent-linebackers-to-be and whether or not we should re-sign them; let's take a look at Perry Riley's performance this past Sunday vs. the Falcons starting with the 1st half.

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1.) The Atlanta Falcons are going to run zone right. Perry Riley is lined up over the RT

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Riley beats the block and beats Steven Jackson to the spot causing him to have to cut it up into traffic. Minimal gain.

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2.) Riley has man coverage on Steven Jackson here. ATL is running a screen right.

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Tony Gonzalez basically tries to pick Riley with his "route" but Riley beats it quick.

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Riley gets to S.Jax before either the pulling guard or center can get in front. Play ends in no gain.

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3.) Redskins are in Cover 2 man here. Riley is 1 on 1 with Harry Douglas in the slot up top and is playing inside technique.

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Douglas runs a Zipper Route (fake a slant route, inside pivot into an out route). Riley bites on the slant route.

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Douglas catches the pass and Riley tracks him down from behind.

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4.) Perry Riley is down at the bottom of the screen in man coverage on a Go/Fly route against Jacquizz Rodgers.

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Riley stays with him on the route, giving up no separation.

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5.) Perry Riley has Steven Jackson in coverage on this play.

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After the hike, Riley watches to see what S.Jax is doing. If Jackson goes out on a route, Riley has to cover him. If Jackson stays in to block, Riley is free to go after Matt Ryan.

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S.Jax stays in to block and Riley charges Ryan with good explosion.

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Unfortunately, Ryan slides a little to his right and Riley can't bring him down before he can get the pass off to Tony Gonzalez.

Riley spent a lot of time in the first half covering RBs out of the backfield on flat routes. I didn't break those down because most of them look the same and little/if any result on the play. Check back for Riley's second half breakdown.