Author: Todd Hagemeier
Originally Published: May 2, 2005

I work out with my kids every Tuesday for an hour and a half. I have a group of wide receiver drills that I thought someone could use. I am doing these now and probably again over the summer. It is what my single wing receivers work on in the off-season.

Spring practice 2:15-4:00

Form running and dynamic stretching — jog-joints, high knees, glute kicks, shuffle, grapevine (high hip), Russian kick, lunges, slide squats, 2 feet hops, 1 foot hops in place, accelerators, full sprints.

Wide Receiver Drills

1. Quick Feet
– Cones on straight line 4-5 yards apart
– Wide receiver comes to cones, sinks hips, teaches start/stops
– Break down at each cone, then up, step on toes of defender
– Don’t stand straight up, this is tough for tall guys to get right
– End drill with a cut left or right, coach will point

2. Quick Feet Weave
– Hug cones
– Same drill as before but weaving in and out
– Stay tight
– Switch ball before each cone practicing good ball security

3. Z-Cuts
– Cones 7-8 yards apart
– Wide receiver sprints to first cone
– Plants with inside
– Throw elbow back
– Practice good ball security, switch ball into correct hand
– Sprint through goal line

4. Pop-Ups
– Cones in straight line 5 yards apart
– Wide receiver has ball in hand
– Palm flat on grass, almost losing balance, don’t allow fingers only to touch grass
– Pop-up and regain speed
– Switch ball to other hand
– Repeat process at next cone
– This drill needs to be done at full speed!

5. Four Corners
– Place cones in a 7-8 yard square
– Wide receiver has busy hands
– Shoulder pads over toes
– Head and eyes up
– Plant feet and square up to target (next cone)
– Be sure to go both directions of square

6. Star Drill
– Getting in and out of breaks
– Sprint at the cones
– Don’t drop the hands
– Eyes and head up

7. Stair Stepper
– Seven steps, back to quarterback 3 steps
– This is basically a hitch route repeated over and over

8. Settle and Noose
– Wide receiver will start at one bag, jog to the other bag, come back to first bag, then settle somewhere in between the two bags, catch the ball, then turn and score
– Pads over toes
– Busy hands
– Turn to quarterback
– Make noose with hands
– Elbows are shock absorbers
– Quarterback throws above wide receiver’s belt
– Bags represent defenders
– Wide receiver should turn away from closest defender after ball is caught and secure

9. Digs and/or Drags
– Quarterback throws perfect
– High and in front (extend)
– High and behind (pivot). As wide receiver pivots he should be moving up field
– Low and in front (bend in knees)
– Low and behind
– Have quarterback at most 8 yards away; this is wide receiver drill, not necessary for quarterback to have correct spacing
– Be sure you catch balls going both ways

10. Tap Feet Drill
– Wide receiver gets 2 feet in before going out of bounds
– Must have ball secure

Todd Hagemeier
Westfield Middle School
8th grade football coach