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.

Ping Pong Drill

Drill Type:  Defensive Back Drill Purpose This defensive back drill allows players to practice getting the best turn situation in terms of covering the maximum amount of ground.  The emphasis here is not on the speed so much as the technique. Set Up Set up 2 cones – one on the goal line and one…

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Zone Mesh Drill

Drill Type:  Defensive Back Drill Purpose This special teams drill helps the kickoff team practice executing an onside kick.  We’re going to have two sets of quarterbacks and runners going at once, to make the most effective use of time and space. Set Up Have your quarterback line up with the runner in the backfield…

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“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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