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Wide receiver patterns
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Here are some simple wide receiver patterns. Some people call this the "passing tree" or "passing routes." Every wide receiver needs to know these basic patterns and how to run them. The sharper and crisper your turns, the easier it will be for you to get open. In this scheme, the odd numbered routes go to the outside, while the even number go inside. At the college and pro level, wide receiver will have to know the numbers that represent each pattern, and the play will be called like "689." The three wide receivers will know which number belongs to who. In backyard football, the quarterback will usually call the wide receiver routes by the name of each route, to make it easier. And he may even draw them on his chest or the ground, in case someone doesn't know the routes. INTRO: Always line up the same way, no matter what pattern you are running. Don't give it away by lining up differently. Some guys line up differently for short patterns than they do for deep ones. Also make sure you run every pattern hard, as if you are going to get the ball on every down. You have to sell it. Every little detail matters. Safeties have to rotate, DBs will turn, linebackers will bite or freeze. Make sure you always look like you are getting the ball. And in most competitive leagues, you never know, anyone can get the ball. If you run every pattern hard, you will eventually get the ball, because defenders will screw up and fall or become confused. Run every pattern like your life depends on it. Most common routes: 0. In: This is the basic In pattern. You go up the field then cut in toward the center of the field at a sharp angle. If on other side, just reverse it. Sometimes this is also known as a Drag. 0. Dig: The In route can also be run as a dig. You run up the field about 3 yards, really hard, then come
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take 3 hard steps forward then an angled path towards the center of the field.14 wide receiver routes patterns passing tree flag out post slant corner go back at a 45 degree angle toward the QB.org/Printer. Then take off down the field.You go up the field.15. sharpest. then turn for the corner of the endzone. your inside foot should be forward. This pattern is designed to get the receiver in the empty area in between. 90 degrees. Go straight up the field hard. If you are on the other side of the field. 8. "Dig" or "Hitch" which means rather than comeback. Also works if the DBs and Safties are playing short and deep zone. then drag across the field. Why? When you take your three steps. Go up the field a few yards. so be ready to catch. one stays short. May also be modified to a "Stop". like you are running a Go route. The post being the 'goal post'. If no post exists. If you notice. TEs may also do this pattern. Try to get behind the linebackers. 4. Especially useful if your defender is playing you very tight. As soon as the ball is snapped. Depends on where you line up. Flag: Also called Corner or Chair or Post Corner. then turn very hard. one deep. this allows you to make the quickest. When defense is in cover 2 (i. 1.asp?ID=125 2/3 . 9. or behind. finding and empty area in the defense. Make sure the fastest receiver on your team gets to run this route. Deep In: Also called a Deep Comeback. This is usually a deep play for a lot of yards. You go up 10 yards. If you are on the right side of the line (as pictured above).footballtimes. You get the area in between. then quickly comeback to the QB. Just keep running down the field fast. Your defender will be confused and fall down. 7. go to the other sideline. the QB will pump fake. In order to run this properly. you have to line up properly. to the outside. Out: This is your basic Out pattern. it works very well. Short Post: This is similar to the post. before you reach the end of your route. www. It's in between teh Slant and the Post. you just stop and wait for the ball. Pylons may also be called flags. It works well especially if two receivers team up on the same side. most unexpected cut to the inside. 6. The QB will have you wide open. Make sure it is a hard 90 degree angle. You can do this in front of. 2.02. You basically fake a deep Post. Deep Out: This is similar to the out. Go up the field. This is a great pattern if the defense is blitzing. He will hit you on your way back. and your outside foot should be back in your stance. Slant: This is the most famous and most used short route in all of football. Less common routes: 10. You go up the field about 5 yards. Outrun your defender. the linebackers. go to the center of the field. then cut to the goal Post. Comeback: Also called a deep Dig or deep In. (the inside leg is the one closest to the offensive line) 3. Square up so your legs are straight. except it is run at 10 yards. 12. Fake a step in toward a Post route (sell it well). You can also stop and Comeback to the QB. NFL receivers always line up with their inside leg forward. Post: This is the most famous and most used deep route in football.e. then take another turn for the corner pylon in the back of the endzone. hence the nomenclature. the other Streaks. You will get the ball quickly. The QB will most likely throw it while you are still running straight. Stop N Go: Also called a Chair. Run down the field hard. The cornerback won't have time to react. they have two safeties) one will play short. this way the defensive back (DB) will not be able to get to you. then take a sharp Out towards the sideline. then turn around as if you are getting the ball. It can be run from either side to either back pylon. Find an opening and sit there. you cut hard on your outside foot. but shorter. Go: Also called a Streak or Fly.

or a deep Slant. do a quick Slant.  info@footballtimes.   www. Go. take it with a Slant. If you notice the DB giving you the inside route.02.footballtimes. Or just don't move and he can quickly throw it to you. go for an Out. If the defender is playing very tight.14 wide receiver routes patterns passing tree flag out post slant corner go Overall strategy: If the defender is playing way off of you.  All  Rights  Reserved. If they are opened up allowing you to take the outside. or Hitch.org. You should easily be able to tell what pattern will work on the defense presented.  ©  Copyright  2004-­2006.  Football  Times. Go. Your QB will know this.org/Printer.15.        Reprint  Information For  permission  to  reprint  or  use  any  material.asp?ID=125 3/3 . or In. go for a Post.