Today I reviewed the video for place again and see where I'm making my mistake.  So we went to the mat and tried again. The correction I made for myself was to bring the treat as low to the mat as I could so he starts the motions of place by bringing his front paws down which led to a more fluid back end of him reaching the mat. We did about 15 repetitions of place mixed in with come. He didn't eat breakfast so he was super treat motivated but I also used affection as he loves to be touched.