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.

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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The Slalom Drill

Drill Type:  Agility Purpose This agility drill focuses on lateral change of direction shuffle. Setup Set up a series of cones in two straight rows about 5 feet apart, and your players will begin at one end of the cones.  You can set up any number of cones you prefer, based on your player level.…

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Defensive Back Free Safety Zone Reaction Drill

free safety zone reaction drill FINAL

The wrong zone defense will get beaten no matter how hard you practice or what drills you work on. Having a good scheme is vital. The important piece of running a successful zone is to be able to tailor it to the offense you’re playing. You want to have a couple of different sets ready…

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