4 Effective Ways to Help Your Running Backs Improve

Today, we’re going to talk about several football drills that will help your running backs become even better players.

ball transfer football drill

Ball Transfer Drill

Ball Transfer Drill

During this football drill, we’re trying to teach balance to our players. Have them hop up in the middle of the air and switch the ball.

We’re trying to get them to transfer the ball in the air. This is a very good drill to teach balance and to use their off hand as a post hand.

Another challenge to this drill is to have a coach take a bag and pop them with the bag when they come off the hop. Again, they start with the off hand as their post hand. They hop up, switch, and use another post hand for balance. Be sure to emphasize that it’s not a race, it’s a balance drill.

They need to learn when they’re about to fall to keep their feet at all costs.

For five yards, they’re going to switch the ball and get the post hand all the way down. After that, they’re going to get up and sprint.

first step and pocket football drill

First Step and Pocket

First Step and Pocket Drill

During this football drill, we’re working on the mesh point and the run course.

You’ll have your players take a proper step, take the ball with the proper pocket, and secure the ball for the inside zone. The inside elbow should be up, and the back of the palm of the hand should be on the top of the jersey.

Some things to remind your running backs:

  • They want to switch their feet, open 45-degree angle with the left foot, and eliminate the false steps.
  • With the receiving hand, they want to make sure that the elbow is tight to the chest.
jump cuts football drill

Jump Cuts – Agility and Demeanor in Traffic

Jump Cuts – Agility and Demeanor in Traffic

This football drill works like this: You get the ball, you do one jump cut, and you get up the field.

You could add a hand-off in the first steps if you want to make this a three-phase drill. But if the running back already has the ball, he approaches the line, he makes one jump cut, and then he makes one cut off of a second-level defender as a linebacker.

We have two things going on here: the jump cut and the break in the linebacker area.

You should work this to the right and to the left.

A double jump cut is where you make two jump cuts in traffic. We take it to the next level. Have your players jump cut to the right; secondary, jump cut to the left.

Again, if you want to add a hand-off to teach proper mesh between the quarterback and the running back, you could also do that. You could also run this from an inside zone play, a stretch play, if he was cut off, or a counter play.

jet sweep football drill

Jet Sweep Drill

Jet Sweep Drill

Oftentimes, we will go empty and hand the ball off to a running back on a jet sweep. So we’re going to have to learn to snap the ball and go full-speed. This football drill works on proper pocket. We want to work on proper technique until we get this right.

With this drill, you’ll have two lines going at once.

They’re going to take the jet hand-off to the right, and what you’re trying to do is work on properly going full-speed in a short amount of time. You want your running backs to snap the ball on the inside cheek when the running back’s on the inside cheek of the tackle. So timing’s a factor.

This takes a lot of reps to teach the proper timing. But you should run this about five minutes a day with the running backs and the receiver.

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