4 Tips for a Wide Receiver

Posted by Fontana Steelers on May 01 2021 at 05:38PM PDT

Here are some tips for players who want to be a good wide receiver:

1. Work on Your Strength
If you really want to be a great wide receiver, you’re going to need to hit the weight room hard.

It’s imperative that you build a strong lower and upper body.

Lower-body strength will help you explode off the line of scrimmage and out of cuts. Upper-body strength will help you shed defenders, break tackles, and match solid catches.

Building this strength will also help you become faster.

2. Work on Getting Soft Hands
You have to have strong hands to play wide receiver, but in order to make a lot of different catches, you need to have soft hands, too.

The ball is going to be thrown your way at a high rate of speed.

The only way to catch it successfully is if you’re able to absorb the throw and not stop it in its tracks.

Having soft hands will allow you to corral a hard-thrown football.

Much like catching a ball in baseball or receiving a pass in basketball, hockey, or soccer, you need to cradle a football when it’s thrown to you.

If you have “hard” hands and not “soft” ones, the effect will be like throwing a football against a hard wall:

It’ll bounce right off them.

3. Study the Game
Great wide receivers know where to be at all times.

They study their playbook, of course, to know their routes and all their responsibilities on a given play.

But great wide receivers also study the game to learn what defenders do on most plays.

They learn what’s most likely to happen when a defender reacts in a certain way and how he can use that to his advantage to get open.

The only way to do this is to watch a lot of games, study a lot of film, and ask questions when you have them.

4. Work with Your Quarterback – A Lot
Great wide receivers have great relationships with their quarterbacks.

The two will often know exactly what the other is going to do in certain situations without having to communicate using words or hand signals.

If you want to be a great wide receiver, you need to establish this solid relationship with your quarterback.

Talk to him on a consistent basis in practice, in the film room, and in the locker room so you can get on the same page.

Wide receiver is often considered a flashy position, and for good reason.

Wide receivers are often known for their boisterous personalities as much as they are for their outstanding football skills.

Truly great wide receivers are more than just pass catchers, though.

They’re dedicated students of the game, and they’re committed to giving 100% on every play — no matter whether they’re the primary passing target, a decoy, or have blocking responsibilities on a running play.



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