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Fade Route (Calvin Johnson)

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Published on Jun 19, 2009

SHOULDERS LOW, HANDS UP:
When you line up for the snap you want to keep your shoulders low and body forward, ready to generate forward momentum. This will prevent you from being stood up if your defender tries to jam you at the line of scrimmage. You should also keep your hands up so you can swat away the defender's hands if he tries to push you off your route.

5 YARDS FROM SIDELINE:
On a fade route, your defender might try to run you out of bounds. That's why you want to keep a good, safe cushion of distance between you and the sideline. Five yards is usually enough. As you run your route, make sure you don't give up too much of that cushion. You want to give yourself enough room to make a play on the ball.

LOCATE THE BALL:
When the ball is in the air, be sure to look over your shoulder in time to locate the ball. A mistake receivers make too often is they don't turn to find the ball early enough. Locating the ball early will give you the time you need to judge its trajectory and speed, and ultimately put you in a better position to make a play on it.

CATCH BALL AT HIGHEST POINT:
As the ball descends, try to time your jump so that you catch it at its highest possible point. You may have to adjust your body first, but when you leave the ground aim to get a full extension of your body and arms, making the grab high and out of the reach of your defender. Sometimes on a fade the ball is up for grabs be the one who makes the play.

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