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“All In” Wide Receiver: The Stance

Jan 23, 2012 | Pass Game Mechanics, Position Groups, Wide Receivers

Contrary to what you might see on Sunday's, the "Stance and Start" is a crucial part of wide receiver fundamentals.  NFL players get away without great starts by using their freakish athletic ability to compensate.  The other 99.99% of receivers can't afford a signal wasted inch/second in their start.  That means that you must technique and rep the crap out of this fundamental element of being a receiver.

Here is how we teach it to our receivers:

Stance


A proper stance ensures that you are in the optimal position to fire off the ball and maximize your impact on the defense.

Process:


The proper stance is more than just having your feet, hands, and eyes in the right place.  It should provide a rhythm that prepares you for optimal performance on the next play.  Use the 4 S’s cadence as follows to ready yourself for the next play.

  1. Step – up to the line

  2. Survey – the defense and check your alignment

  3. Sink – into your stance rotating your weight onto your front foot

  4. Strike – the defense with your first step.  Be the aggressor.


Coaching Points:


Feet

  • Inside foot up is ideal

  • Weight should be on the toes (heels off the ground)

  • Slightly pigeon toed with cleats dug in


Body

  • 60% weight on front foot

  • 40% on back foot

  • Never lock a joint!  This causes false steps and takes time to unlock it

  • Shoulders over toes


Hands

  • Loose but stationary

  • Stay relaxed

  • Consistent position

  • Communicate with QB


Eyes

  • Lined up with the chest of the offensive tackle (X) or the heels of the tackle (Z and H)

  • Look in at the ball

  • WR should NEVER jump offside