To work on a defensive back’s awareness, recognition, and ballhawking instincts.
- You’ll need a passer on the LOS, and a WR on either side of him, about 10 yards away.
- You’ll also need a defensive back, 10-15 yards off the LOS, in line with the passer.
- The passer will snap the ball, with both WRs taking off downfield, running streaks. The DB will begin to backpedal, or ‘stretch’, keeping both receivers in front of him.
- After they’ve run about 5-10 yards, the QB will rotate his shoulders and eyes onto one receiver.
- The DB must read the passer’s eyes, plant, drive, and break on the ball, intercepting and accelerating forward upfield another 10 yards.
- Begin with the WRs fairly close together, but as DB’s progress, move them further and further apart – same with the QB. At first, you’ll want him to give away his intended WR pretty deliberately, but later one, the passer can more closely simulate a game situation with his passing motion.