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akronBy Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs


The Akron Zips are averaging 304 passing yards per game through its first two contests this season and much of that yardage has come from vertical concepts. Receiver coach John Pont details the eight drills he uses daily to teach his inside receivers how to gain separation at the line of scrimmage and stack defenders.

 



By Mike Kuchar

Lead Research Manager

X&O Labs

 

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akronThe Akron Zips are averaging 304 passing yards per game through its first two contests this season and much of that yardage has come from vertical concepts.  Receiver coach John Pont details the eight drills he uses daily to teach his inside receivers how to gain separation at the line of scrimmage and stack defenders. 

 

Drill #1 - Stance and Start Drill

  • Teaches the first step out of blocks.
  • Chest down and knees over toes.
  • Foot position must be heel to toe.
  • Front toe dug in ground and loaded.
  • Heel on back foot off the ground.
  • On snap, back leg should drive up to chest.
  • Chest should be down for the first five yards (sell vertical).

To see video of the stance and start drill, click on the link below:


Drill #2 - Foot Fire and Stick Drill

  • Done against press coverage.
  • “Stick, Look and Lean.”
  • Get as many steps down as possible.
  • Stick foot into ground outside framework after each yard gained.
  • Lean your body to the side of the stick to get defender moving.
  • Drill is done for five yards.

To see video of the Foot Fire and Stick Drill, click on the link below:


Drill #3 - Foot Fire and Release Drill

  • Done against a squat corner at five yards off.
  • Coach stands at five yards and tells player to avoid to the inside or to the outside.
  • Players foot fire, stick, looks and leans to release.
  • Be violent with hands- rip through, club through, etc.
  • “Get skinny and be violent.”

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  • How he teaches his slots to slip by walling second level linebackers and find space in zone coverage.
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  • How he trains his receivers to make the proper back shoulder catch on fades.
  • The "Lean and Separate" drill he uses to teach receivers to gain separation on defenders on seam routes.
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