Category Archives: Defensive Back Drills

Speed, body control, and aggression are the hallmarks of an effective defensive back. In this section of the blog, we’ll cover new tips and techniques for developing speed and agility, tackling fundamentals, coverage, and interception skills.

“Rush Against the Pop-Up” Drill

Drill Type:  Pass Rush Drill Purpose In this pass rush drill, we simulate ball movement without using the offensive line or each other, instead performing a rush against a short pop-up dummy.  This drill ties everything together: great take-offs, the slap, the rip, the swim, the dip in the hip, and the acceleration to the…

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Score Tackling Drill

Drill Type:  Defense Drill Purpose This drill emphasizes getting in front of ball carriers and attacking them square. Set Up Set up 4 bags, or 4 lines of cones (3 cones deep) to create alleys. Offense and defense players will face each other at the middle alley. Execution The offensive man will initiate the drill…

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Dramatic Break (Inside & Outside)

Drill Type:  Defensive Back Drill Purpose This defensive back drill works on two types of releases: a dramatic break on the inside, and a dramatic break to the outside. The goal for your defensive back is to maintain a leverage where he’s aiming for the top shoulder of the other player, but he doesn’t want…

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Cushion Drill

Drill Type:  Defensive Back Drill Purpose This defensive back drill focuses on cushioning the receiver so that player cannot get behind the defensive back. Set Up Place the receiver at the line of scrimmage, with your defensive back facing him 10 yards away. Execution The receiver will take off running and the defensive back will…

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Three Weave Drill

Drill Type:  Defensive Back Drill Purpose Allows players to become comfortable with attacking a receiver three times in different directions. Set Up Place 2 players 5 yards apart, facing each other, with one player on the line of scrimmage.   Execution Working against a receiver, you’re going to work on the weave in that transition–the…

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