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Developing Top-Notch Wide Receivers Starts With Skill-Building Through Drill Work

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© April, 2007


by Robin Bacon
Head Football Coach, A.C. Flora High School, Columbia, S.C.

WIDE RECEIVERS are not a dime a dozen. You can’t pull a speedy kid from the practice squad (or even the track team) and expect that player fill the role of receiver on your team. Sure, the athlete can sprint but that doesn’t make him a receiver.

Becoming a receiver takes hours of time developing timing with the quarterback, learning how to catch the ball and understanding what to do once the ball is in possession.

The following drills are designed to turn players into receivers by working their feet, hands, reflexes and understanding of the role of a receiver on your team.

Coming out drill

Receivers commonly don’t run through an entire route. When they see the ball coming their way, they instinctively stop to prepare to make the catch. The Coming Out Drill forces players to continue through their route while also teaching the correct hand position when catching the ball.

DIAGRAM 1: Coming Out Drill. Line the players in a single line facing the quarterback. When the coach raises his arm, the first WR runs toward the QB. The QB makes the pass as the WR runs all the way through to where the QB originally was standing (the QB has r ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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