How to Do a Double Move in Football


The first priority for a wide receiver in football is to get off the line of scrimmage during a pass route. With more defense playing press coverage, this is becoming more difficult. An excellent maneuver to defeat tight coverage in football is a double move.

  • Understand what type of pass coverage the opposing defense is using. A double move will not be as effective against zone defenses because the defender is only responsible for a certain area of the field and not any receiver in particular. Use the double move mainly when the defense is playing man-to-man coverage.

  • Move your feet to distract the defender. Usually the defensive back will react to sudden movement even if the movement is a decoy. Therefore, a quick shuffling or stutter step move will trick the defender into thinking you are about to make a move on the pass and this will force him to shift his position.

  • Shift your head in the opposite direction of the intended route. For instance, if you are running an out route, you will give the defender a head fake to the inside. This movement makes the defender think the route is going to the inside of the field when it is actually an outside route.

  • Run the intended route on the offensive play. Once you have stutter stepped and given the fake, then use your plant foot to start the real pass route. The defender should be off balance resulting from the earlier movement.

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