These drills emphasize footwork and making route cuts so that the receiver can separate from defensive backs and get open for the quarterback to throw him the football.


Setup four cones in a square anywhere on the field. The coach should be nearby to call commands.

Receiver gets in proper stance to begin the Four Square Drill.


Receiver runs the Zig-Zag Drill.


Phase One – Four Square

  1. Coach says “Go.”
  2. Player moves around the square, cutting with their outside foot at each cone.

Phase Two – N Drill

  1. Coach says “Go.”
  2. Players move around the cones in such way that they are forming the letter “N” being sure to make sharp cuts.

Phase Three – Zig Zag

  1. Coach says “Go.”
  2. Players move through the cones in a zig-zag pattern.

Phase Four – Mini Zig-Zag

  1. Cones are moved closer together.
  2. Coach says “Go.”
  3. Players move through the cones in a zig-zag motion.

Coaching Tips:

  • Make sure players have their body weight over their knees and make sharp, hard cuts.