Johnson not the only Bills' WR allowed to freelance routes
by Joe Buscaglia,posted Jul 31 2012 2:01PM
By now it's a fairly public piece of information in the way that Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey allows Stevie Johnson to run his routes to get to the correct spot. In some patterns, you'll see Johnson put on three-to-four moves to try and deceive the cornerback he's matched up against -- that's just part of his game and what has made him so effective.
Johnson isn't the only receiver with that kind of leeway. It's a common practice for all the Bills' receivers as they attempt to get open for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Wideout Donald Jones shared as much on the Howard Simon Show on Tuesday morning.
"A lot of offenses in the NFL, you have to run your route a certain way each time -- a certain depth each time. In this offense we have to be at the right depth, but we can get there however we get there," Jones told Howard Simon and Jeremy White. "Chan's philosophy is to just beat the man and don't fool the quarterback. So however you get to the spot, you get there on time, you're good. That's basically a freedom. You can take whatever release you want to do. In most offenses, you can't do that."
Jones also went on to talk about what goes through his mind on a given play and much more. You can hear the full interview below: