play-action pass

play-ac·​tion pass

Definition of play-action pass

: a pass play in football in which the quarterback fakes a handoff before passing the ball

called also play-action

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Expecting Miami to load up to defend the run, Mullen called for a play-action pass, thinking touchdown. Edgar Thompson,, "UF coach Dan Mullen addresses criticism of play-calling, Gators QB Feleipe Franks," 28 Aug. 2019 Early in the season, the Patriots offense may look a lot like last year’s — a lot of running and play-action passes out of heavy formations, quick passes to Edelman, White, and Burkhead, and the occasional deep crosser to Gordon. Ben Volin,, "Patriots offense has questions, but is there any doubt they’ll figure it out?," 2 Sep. 2019 The T formation’s array of fakes, men in motion, traps, pulls, misdirection plays and play-action passes confused defenses for years. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 5, Sid Luckman," 29 Aug. 2019 Carolina’s offense begins here, with 30-plus rushes a week and a downfield play-action passing game built off their convoluted run looks. Andy Benoit,, "The Panthers Have Questions, Beginning With Cam Newton's Health," 1 Aug. 2019 Murray showed his lightning quick release on a beautiful play-action pass, faking a handoff to David Johnson, and hitting Larry Fitzgerald in stride for a huge gain. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Kyler Murray daily report: Cardinals quarterback gives up pick-six, but finishes strong," 31 July 2019 The Broncos’ ideal modus operandi offensively is run to set up the play-action pass. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Lessons learned: Broncos’ Courtland Sutton intends to apply rookie year experience to become elite in 2019," 21 July 2019 On play-action passes last season, Herbert was 78 of 122 for 1,050 yards with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions, according to Pro Football Focus., "Justin Herbert: Oregon offense has ‘altered and changed’ this offseason," 29 June 2019 Under Stefanski and Kubiak, the Vikings are looking for the running game to set up more play-action passes for quarterback Kirk Cousins. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Dalvin Cook says new Vikings offense ‘set up for us to be great’ … and it starts with him," 13 June 2019

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of play-action pass

American football : a play in which the quarterback pretends to hand the ball to a runner before passing it to another player

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