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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…

Answering Questions About the N’Keal Harry Pick

Since 2000, every franchise had selected a wide receiver in the first round—except the New England Patriots. That streak ended Thursday night, when New England tabbed Arizona State wideout N’Keal Harry with the 32nd selection. The Patriots’ spotty track record choosing receivers, along with concerns about elements of Harry’s game, raises some interesting questions. In…