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A crack screen is an offensive passing concept often employed as part of a packaged play where a screen play is set up using a running back executing a swing route into the flat. If there is one receiver, he will attempt to deliver a crackback block to the defender, giving his ball carrier the chance to turn the corner, and upfield. If two wide receivers are aligned to the screen side, one may run a go route to open space for the back to operate in once the ball is secured.
Oregon sets up the crack screen to the right and a tunnel screen to the left. In a crack screen, the running back runs a swing route toward the sideline while the slot receiver delivers a crackback block on either the linebacker or defensive back to the inside:
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