Teach Tape Thursday Looks At Press Coverage

By Will Cinelli on Apr 9, 2020

By Will Cinelli, The Scouting Academy

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One of the toughest things to coach defensively is how to defend the ball in man coverage. Defenders who can play their assigned man but play the ball in the air once it’s thrown are truly rare players.

This clip is a great example of a press aligned cornerback in man coverage. He gets hands on the wide receiver at the snap, keeping his shoulders square as long as possible. He flips his hips and maintains contact with the offensive player as he runs his vertical route.

The corner does a great job reading the receiver’s body language and eyes. The receiver will alert the defender that the ball is in the air, and the corner snaps his head around and locates the ball while still maintaining contact with the offensive player. He times his jump properly and comes up with the pass break-up.

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