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Category: Offensive Line
Type: Drill


Equipment Needed

  • A large blocking dummy, two cones, football


  • To teach and practice the proper fundamentals and techniques of executing an inside line release.


  1. Lay a large blocking dummy in the neutral zone at the offensive tackling position on a selected line of scrimmage. Place two cones downfield relative to the positions of the pass drop of two inside linebackers. (See diagram)

  2. Position a tight end in his stance in his normal position. Other tight ends stand behind the first drill performer.

  3. A defensive end is aligned over the tight end and is instructed to prevent his release.

  4. The quarterback (coach) with football is positioned in normal alignment.

  5. On quarterback’s (coach’s) cadence and snap count, the tight end executes his inside release and runs his predetermined pass route. (See diagram). When the quarterback passes him the football, he makes the catch and turns and sprints upfield.

  6. Drill continues until all tight ends have had a sufficient number of receptions.

  7. Drill should be conducted both left and right and from various field positions.

Coaching Points

  1. Always check to see that the tight ends are aligned correctly and are in their proper stance.

  2. In executing the inside release, instruct tight end to take short jab step at 45º angle to the inside with the inside foot. They then should drive upfield off the inside foot and escape the defensive end by executing a forearm blow to the inside shoulder of the defensive end.

  3. Instruct the tight ends not to use cross over steps.

  4. Insist that all tight ends execute their predetermined pass routes correctly and at full speed.

Safety Factors

  1. Proper warm-up should precede drill.

  2. Drill area should be cleared of all foreign objects.

  3. The coach should monitor closely the intensity of the drill.

  4. Instruct the defensive end not to be overly aggressive.

  5. Instruct tight ends as to the proper fundamentals and techniques in executing the inside release.

Drill Variations

  1. Can be used as a outside release drill.

  2. Can be used as a slot back drill.

  3. Can incorporate linebackers.

  4. Can be used as a linebacker and defensive end drill.

Submitted by: Toby

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