Playing Wide Receiver The basic & essential tools to learning the position
Keys & Fundamentals Stance & Release Precision Routes Catching the Bal Blocking
Stance The basic 2-point stance (2 feet touching the ground, and no hands) is with a natural forward body lean, and your knees slightly bent. Arms should be at your side in a comfortable position. The receivers feet should be slightly pigeon toed and streamlined. The length of your stance stride should resemble your normal walking stride or gait. Your head and eyes should always be watching the footbal , so you should never be offsides. After you are lined up, you should check with the official by asking or pointing to him to check if you are legal y aligned. Depending on the play, most of the time if you have a tight end on your side, you are off of the line.
Release Release refers to how the receiver explodes off the line of scrimmage on the snap. It’s important to start fast and be efficient. To that end the first movement must be forward. Receivers can squeeze their toes on the front step and imagine themselves like a spring. On the snap they are going to launch themselves forward stepping out with their back foot.
Routes ROUTE STEM: The objective of the stem of the route is to confirm the defenses coverage (zone or man) and to gain desired position and direction relative to the defender, and set up your move and separating technique by changing speed either bursting or showing phony acceleration. MOVE AND SEPARATION: The objective of this part of our route is to create illusions, get the defender turned, make your break and accelerate to gain separation from the defender. To gain separation, "Stab" (stick foot hard in the ground on break) the defender with our foot and forehead opposite the direction you are breaking. On some routes we wil animate to the defender to create and il usion to the defensive back that we are continuing to go deep. This means the wide out wil exaggerate his arm and feet drive, sink his hips, and look vertically. BREAK: To make a break the receiver must work everything from a forward body lean and stay low. Sink your hips and bend your knees to lower your center of gravity and to create power producing angles with your body. You must stay down and keep your arms pumping from the shoulders. You must accelerate faster coming out of a break than when you entered your break. When you break, explode out of the break, accelerating away from the defender to create separation. You then must snap your head around as soon as you plant your foot & look for the ball.
Catching the Ball Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent. Raise and outstretch your arms, leaving your elbows bent slightly and in front of your chest. Your hands should be at about head level. Bring your hands together, touching the thumbs and index fingers. The space in between should resemble a spade on a playing card. Catch the nose of the bal within that shape. Keep your hands soft when you contact the bal – pretend it’s an egg. Bring your arms in and cradle the bal when you run by placing one end in the crook of your elbow and clutching the other end with your hand, the nose of the bal between your first and middle fingers. Hold the bal tight against your body. Video: How to Catch a Football: Three Steps to Catching a Football from ExpertVillage
Blocking Wide receivers do more than simply catch the bal . They are also integral parts of the running game. A big block downfield can mean the difference between a big play, possibly a touchdown, and simply another first down.
Essentials to blocking Angle Breaking down Stalk block “ Effort ”
Angles the receiver’s angle off the LOS is the most important part of run blocking. The WR must attempt to get an inside-out (1/0) leverage block on al run plays. That means the WR must keep his backside between the bal and the defender. DB’s inside number can provide a good aiming point for the play- side WR. With proper angles off the LOS, a WR can ensure proper positioning for the breakdown position and the block.
Break Down The break-down position occurs after the WR has achieved an inside angle on his path to block the DB. The question now is when does the receiver break down the block? As he releases off the line on an inside leverage path, the receiver must train his eyes on the DB. If the DB is in his back-pedal or has turned and is running with the WR, the block does not have to be made while the DB is occupied. Occupying or running off the DB is as good as a block, but if the DB takes a bucket step or drop step, the WR must realize that the DB has read run and the WR must break down and block. The rule for a receiver is to achieve 1/0 leverage and buzz his feet when the DB takes a bucket step or drop step.
Stalk Block The stalk block is achieved while in the breakdown Position. This is an athletic position with the thumbs together near the breast plates and the feet buzzing. The WR does not go to the DB. He lets the DB come to him. As the DB establishes contact, the WR must keep I/0 leverage and punch the DB’s outside number, then retreat back into his breakdown stance. As the DB creates contact again, the WR must punch and retreat again. If the WR cannot keep 1/0 leverage and the DB gets head up to the WR, the WR must press the DB’s outside number to set up the block for the running back. The WR will be able to make the stalk block as long as he breaks down, remains patient, and does not over-extend.
Effort The one sure fire thing to blocking is maximum effort & the desire to block your man & not let him get around you !!