Red Zone Fade Route Technique
By FirstDown PlayBook on Dec 12, 2019

How many times do you see a red zone fade route throw end up sailing futilely¬†out of bounds? Sometimes it’s a case of the quarterback just not giving the receiver a chance. Often times though, the receiver has not done the proper work to give the quarterback a chance.

In order to run a great fade route the receiver must attack the technique of the defender first. This will set a clear line at the top of the stem before the receiver fades outside. This will do a couple of things.

It will give your quarterback a better idea of the space he has to work with. It will also allow your receiver to have enough field space to fade outside and get his feet down like you see in this clip.

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When executed properly it gives the quarterback room to deliver the ball where only the receiver can catch it. The best receivers run all of their red zone routes off of the same stem. This way the defender must respect the fade, slant and out routes right up until the last second.

So although there is something to be said about throwing a red zone fade to a tall receiver at the pylon, there are also useful techniques that can help as well. 

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