Receiver Double Moves Are All Different

By FirstDown PlayBook on Dec 27, 2021

One of the hardest things to teach a player about a receiver double move is that he has to sell the initial move. He can’t get impatient before breaking to the second part of the route. There are a lot of things that go into this. Double moves normally work better vs man coverage so the matchup is vital when teaching the route.

If he is a great player and gets open a lot then selling the receiver’s double move is easier to teach. Let’s face it, the receiver has to be talented enough to get open on the initial route first. If the guy is talented then the DB is scared to death about getting beat on the initial move. This means that he will probably bite like crazy no matter what.

It’s why you see great receivers get open in the red zone when defenses try to man up. They do not have to sell the initial move as much to get open on the double move route. The hard part is when they bracket your best receiver. When he is covered and you need him to get open in the red zone. This is when the coaching and the technique will help you win.


The first thing that you have to do is convince this receiver or tight end that he cannot run the double move route like your great receiver does. Why? Because the DB is not going to jump this receiver’s initial route as much as he would the great receiver.

1. The DB is not as scared of the speed or talent factor as he may be vs the great receiver.

2. The great receiver has run the initial route on tape for the opponent to see many times and your receiver has not.

Your Receiver Double Move Will Look Different Than On TV

It is important to teach the receiver to be patient and sell the initial route. I usually say at least three steps. This is enough to get the cover man to trigger and bite on the initial route. This is harder than you think. The receiver will get excited and over anxious thinking the quarterback will give up on him. Your quarterback must be coached about this too. This is going to take a longer than when the star player runs it but it will still be there.

Obviously, when you are teaching this you have to be sensitive to the players morale and attitude as you explain that he cannot just replicate the guy on TV. I have normally found that if you explain it in a way that he understands that he will score on the play if he does it correctly, it makes your coaching much easier to take!

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