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3 Differences Between Good & Bad Route Runners

The number one difference between good and bad route runners is that good route runners can actually execute the stuff you practice in the actual game under the lights. So many wide receivers train incorrectly. They do the obstacle course drills where they are doing all this pointless wasted movement without actually learning anything. Yes that might be good for a 9yr old but if you’re in 6th grade and above you shouldn’t be doing crap like that. You need to focus on technique, understanding the REASON WHY behind most of the moves you do and the situation you need to execute those moves in. WR drills shouldn’t be conditioning drills. They should all be heavily detailed and very fast twitch. Good route runners understand this and take those game realistic drills into live game situations. Take things slow, focus on doing it right and then actually apply the move in a full route. If you want 1.5+ hours of WR drills checkout the link below! In our “route running Bible” we give you a 2 week workout schedule based on how to improve your route running in 10 days, also we include a 49 minute long video where we breakdown 20 press releases you can use, WHEN TO USE EACH ONE, & the realistic drills to work on each one. Check it out here! ⬇️⬇️

The second difference between good and bad route runners is that good route runners understand coverages and defensive looks. So many receivers don’t know how to read a defense and that is why they can’t create any separation. They just walk up to the line and think if he’s pressed or closer it’s automatically man, they won’t look at the safeties or the box. This has to be the biggest downfall for WRs. Simply because WRs will not know how to structure their routes. WRs will be working these long ass releases when the QB is getting blitzed and then you’re not at the spot the QB needs you to be at when he releases the ball. This is how a QB loses trust in you and your receptions vastly decrease. You must always be a second QB on the field to be a great route runner.

Lastly, good route runners are more concerned with eliminating time spent at the top of the break rather than cutting down steps. A lot of WRs are so focused on getting out of their breaks in the least amount of STEPS that they slow down way before the actual breakpoint. When you slow down, the DB slows down and you don’t get any separation. Good route runners trust their hips and use that violent snap down with their hips to decelerate at the top of the route. They make take 5 steps but their 5 steps are explosive and still faster than the guy who slowed down 3yds before the break. Make sure you are the receiver who has a violent change of direction rather than a slow one.

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