Wide Receiver Skills and Drills: Route Running and Catching the Football

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Wide Receiver Skills and Drills: Route Running and Catching the Football

Mike Rader

Wide receiver coach

These Perfect Route Drills are a great tool for teaching athletes how to run routes according to Wide Receiver Coach Mike Rader of Huntingdon College . Coach goes through several routes, inside and post stem, checking body position of the Wide Receiver at start and top of each route. Running these routes correctly ensures no wasted movement and little time for the defensive back to react! But, it doesn't do any good to run the route successfully and then drop the football! Coach wraps up this series with football catching skills and drills.

Wide Receiver Skills - Perfect Route Drills: Quick Game Routes

These Perfect Route Drills are a great tool for teaching athletes how to run routes. Always begin with a good stance and start to minimize false steps and get an explosive take off. Coach goes through the Hitch, the Quick Out, and the Slant Routes checking body position at each point. Running these routes correctly ensures no wasted movement and little time for the defensive back to react!

Wide Receiver Skills - Perfect Route Drills: Longer Routes

Next up: running longer routes - both inside stem and post stem - the goal to get leverage on the Defensive Back. This is a skills and drills segment for wide receivers running the Curl Route. One of the keys to running these routes successfully is repetition - committing them to muscle memory - so when the action is full speed, the wide receiver is wide open!

Wide Receiver Skills - Perfect Route Drills: The Comeback, the Dig, and the Corner Routes

These are wide-open routes with hard sticks and fast turns. The concept is the same - mess with the Defensive Back, then head for the football!

Wide Receiver Skills - Perfect Route Drills: The Post and the Go Routes

This Post Route on the Inside Stem has the Wide Receiver putting a Double Move on the Defensive Back to create separation. In the Go Route the Wide receiver is running right at the Defensive Back and then it Stick and Stack! Now the DB is in chance mode and the race is on!

Wide Receiver Skills: Catching the Football

It doesn't do any good to run a route successfully and then drop the football. Ball catching skills are the focus here. See the seams and secure the ball. These football catching drills will help Wide Receivers make the play!