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Glossary Entry: Route Stem

The route stem is the initial vertical segment of a receiver’s route, consisting of the part of a route before the receiver makes a cut. This terminology originates from the “route tree”, a grouping of different routes (traditionally numbered 1-9) that are taught as the basics of receiver route running. The route tree consists of…

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Glossary Entry: Trail Technique

Trail technique is a man coverage technique primarily used by cornerbacks. When playing trail technique, the corner plays a step behind the receiver with his back to the line of scrimmage. This coverage technique gives the corner an advantage against intermediate routes like ins, outs, and curls, as it gives the defender more time to…