Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room No. 323: WR Danny Gray (SMU) The Eyes Tell the Story

Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room examines two plays from SMU WR Danny Gray’s film portfolio and shares why Gray’s eyes can work to the benefit and detriment of his team. 

The eyes reveal a lot about wide receiver play. In the case of Danny Gray’s 2021 performance against Memphis, they indicate that Gray has professional-caliber skill as a ball tracker and work to do as a route runner against zone coverage.

The first play in this episode of the Boiler Room is a great example of Gray tracking a target with a difficult trajectory despite a physical behavior that’s a common display of uncertainty with the skill (leaping unnecessarily).

The second play is a game-sealing interception that may appear to the average fan as the fault of the quarterback but once you understand one of the basic tenets of route running against zone coverage, you’ll see that Gray had significant responsibility for the game-ending turnover.

In both cases, it’s all in the eyes.

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