Football: Intro to Wide Reciever Routes


Let’s take a look at what some of the
different routes are run by wide recievers and what they’re called. One thing to remember is that each
receiver will probably run a different route on each play, so if your wife receiver it’s important to know which route you’re supposed to run and is
just as important that the quarterback knows every every route that will be run, for the team to have success. The simplest route is the one with the
most names the Fly Route, or the Seam, or the Streak, or the Go is when the receiver simply runs in a straight line.
You could see how this would allow the reciever to get behind the defenders quickly,
particularly if he’s fast. Similar to the Fly route is the Slant which means the rather the running
parallel with the sidelines the receiver is running at an angle across the field. Next is the curl which is also called
the hook, or the button hook, as you can see it means the receiver will run forward and turn around. How far the receiver will run forward
may vary it might be five yards, it could be fifteen, or it could be any distance. As with all these roots the quarterback
will know how far the receiver will be running before the play too, so oftentimes you’ll see a quarterback
throw them all before the receivers even spun around this way when he does turn around he
won’t have to stand there and wait for the ball because that would give the
defense time to block the pass. The next few routes are mirrors of each other. Here we have a drag route, which means
that the receiver will run forward and then turn ninety degrees and run across the field parallel with the line scrimmage. Just like we saw with the curl route, the
distance that the receiver runs before he turns could be any distance. The opposite to the drag route is the
Out route. So rather than running over the middle
of the field, the receiver will run forward and then turn and run out towards the
sidelines. The next two are also similar. The first one
is the Corner route and a corner we are talking about here is a corner of the end
zone. So this is when the receiver runs forward and then runs at an angle towards the sidelines. This one is more of a quick corner route
because the angle is smaller, as opposed to this one which the receiver will have more of an angle. The mirror of the corner is the Post and the post of refers to the goal posts. Here the receiver runs forward and then brakes toward that goal
post which are in the middle of the field. The Wheel route is backwards version of
the Out route because here the receiver will run run first
toward the sidelines and then turn and run off the field. Finally here’s one that is not for wide receivers, but rather for Running Backs. The Flat route is similar to the slant, but
it is being run towards the sidelines it doesn’t even have to be an angle it
can simply be run straight towards the sidelines. What is happening with the flat route is that the defenders will naturally be
running towards the quarterback. So all the quarterback would have to do, is throw a short pass over the defender’s head to the running back. There are no rules that prohibit the
wide receivers from running any type of route as long as they stay in-bounds, they can go anywhere they want. But the wide receivers have to be careful,
because if they stray too far from the play that is called it might throw the quarterback off
enough that he’ll throw the ball where the receiver was supposed to be rather than where he went and that would not be a good thing.

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