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Offseason Course - WR Route Tree

Hi guys. I thought I was a casual reader of POD, but have found that I am reading it more and more. I would like to ask you guys to chip in on some "courses" to help me (and hopefully others) understand some finer points of the game. Offseason seems a perfect time to talk about these things, as most of you seem to be stir crazy with the lack of substantive NFL news. Plus, I need to make amends for the deserved thrashing you guys gave me for my previous post on Titus Young....more after the jump


I have often heard of an NFL WR route tree. Does anyone have some insight on what one of these looks like? What are the standard routes that are run? I have heard that some plays have set routes, but more often a WR and QB "read" the coverage and pick routes on the fly. Is this pre-snap, or post snap? Do different players have different Route Trees (CJ may run more deep routes, while Broyles will have mostly underneath routes)? Do different positions have different route trees (outside WR, slot WR, HB, TE)? Perhaps different plays have different route trees depending on down and distance? Finally, I read an article the other day about Broyles and how he understands how to run the same "routes" differently depending on the coverage (man or zone).

I am sure I could do some research online and find answers to these questions, but I would rather hear some familiar voices rant, rave, bitch, moan, and teach.

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