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The routes of the route tree

Published: Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 7:00 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 12:34 p.m. CST
(Illustration by Erick Ward - eward@shawmedia.com)
An example of a route tree, according to a Cary-Grove and Marian Central wide receiver. Some distances may be dependent on how the opponent is defending the receiver.

Fly/Fade (A): Receiver runs straight up the field, looking to get behind the defense.

Corner Post (B): Receiver runs 8-10 yards and breaks to the inside towards the goal post. After two steps, he breaks to the corner of the end zone.

Post (C): Receiver breaks at 8-10 yards towards the goal post in the middle of the end zone.

Dig (D): Receiver runs 10-12 yards and breaks to the inside towards the goal posts. After about two steps, the receiver flattens his route and runs horizontally across the field.

Out (E): Receiver runs 10-12 yards then breaks toward the sideline.

Curl (F): Receiver runs straight up the field about 10 yards before quickly breaking back towards the quarterback.

In (G): Receiver runs five yards then breaks inside, running horizontally across the field.

Slant (H): Receiver runs three steps then breaks at a 45-degree angle to the inside.

Drag (I): At the snap, the receiver — without going forward — immediately runs across the field.

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