Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room: WR Tyler Johnson’s (Minnesota) Craft with the Fade

Matt Waldman’s RSP Film Room examines 2021 NFL Draft prospect Tyler Johnson’s ownership of space when running the fade route.

The end-zone fade is no longer the route of choice for NFL offenses because it is a low-percentage play against the caliber of defensive backs at the professional level. The shift away from this route doesn’t mean it negates the value one can glean from a college receiver’s skills when he performs it.

Tyler Johnson demonstrates a lot of craft when running this route that he can apply to the other routes of the tree. Johnson will return to the Golden Gophers for his season year and attempt to strengthen his NFL prospects for the 2021 season.

Even if you’re primarily interested in 2020 prospects, Johnson’s work below is instructive for anyone wishing to learn more about receiver play.

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