FirstDown PlayBook Tight End Route Tree

By FirstDown PlayBook on May 3, 2017

Having coached the Tight Ends at the college and the NFL levels we can tell you that it is one of the if not THE most unique positions on the football field. We can’t tell you the number of times we have been in discussions about a particular Tight End’s role in the game plan with little to no regard about his ability as a blocker or as a route runner and pass catcher.

We have also sat in draft meetings in confusion as scouts and personnel decision makers ranked the college Tight Ends based on their potential in the passing game while the coaches number one criteria was if they could block in the running game. It is a common occurrence in the NFL where everyone is right and in the end everyone is wrong.

So as we were working on the Tight End route tree we were pretty sensitive to the fact that this position and the routes that can be run lends itself to the ability of the player in a huge way. Add to this the fact that most people reading this don’t have the luxury of choosing their players and you will understand why we have tried to initially keep our FirstDown PlayBook Tight End route tree fairly basic for a starting point.

The FirstDown PlayBook Tight End route tree is a nice mix of routes that can be used in the DropBack, Play Action and Boot passing game. For the sake of this route tree the Tight End is always either attached to the Tackle, in a wing position or lined up in a Bunch formation. If you play your tight End flexed out the FirstDown PlayBook Slot Receiver route tree should help you out.

If you want to learn about our other route trees we have installed go here to learn about our Wide Receiver route tree or here to learn about our Slot Receiver route tree.

If you want to see and learn more about how we installed this just bang on the drawing below or just head on over to FirstDown PlayBook and check it out that way!


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