Two of my favorite non-Jet football-affiliated people of all-time are John Madden and Randy Moss. One for being, at his peak, the best receiver in history; the other for being John ****ing Madden. Combining the two on Monday Night Football was must-see TV for me. And one thing that was always constant whenever Moss played on Monday Night Football was John Madden mention his feeling on Randy Moss's utilization. Madden was very adamant in telling the audience that, twice a quarter, the Vikings should just chuck it 50 yards downfield to Randy Moss. No rhyme or reason, just chuck it. The feeling being that either Moss will catch it, it will fall incomplete, Moss will draw a flag for PI, or the worst case scenario is an interception far down the field that acts almost as a punt. There might be a small chance that a defender catches a 50/50 ball and stays on his feet to return the INT for yardage, but this is pretty unlikely.
In my opinion, this logic is sound, especially on 3rd downs. The jump ball is something that, in my opinion, is underused in the NFL. Of course with the NFL, you want to throw into open windows with guys who have separation because a misplaced throw could be disasterous, but at the same time, why wouldn't you throw to Randy Moss 10-12 times a game, regardless of who's covering him? He'll have the advantage going up against every guy he faces. There's no reason Megatron should only catch three passes or see only 5 targets in a game. Even against the great Darrelle Revis, Revis may blanket Calvin and make him work but physics will tell you 6-5 with 33 3/8 inch arms and 42 1/2 inch vertical will reach a higher vertical height than 5-11 with 32 3/8 inch arms and a 37 inch vertical leap. If Calvin posts up 7-8 times a game in a jump ball with anyone, he'll almost undoubtedly come down with a couple.
With the drafting of Hill, we now a guy with the potential to win jump balls. As we all know, he has measurables that are just a step below the freaks of nature like Moss and Megatron. He runs a 4.35, with a 39 inch vertical and some ridiculous broad jump. I wasn't the biggest fan of drafting Hill, because he's raw and not the most agile... however, since he's on the team, I hope he's used to the best capacity. And what is less mentally taxing then telling him to run straight, post up, and go get the football? This is something that should be natural to anyone who played even a slim amount of football. My proposal: at least once per quarter, likely on a third down play, we send Hill on a fly route and just chuck him the football. Double coverage, whatever. Despite his 40 time and straight line speed, his college highlights are not full of Hill running past people. But they are full of him catching passes against smaller defenders downfield. I think it's worth a shot to try a "chuck and duck" a 50/50 ball to a guy with his measurables in order to get Hill involved.