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Characteristics of WR in the West Coast Offense

For some insight on why I'm "banging the table" for some guys to be drafted (Austin & Robinson), please go to this website, http://football.calsci.com/WCOHistory2.html :

Wide Receivers: To play effectively(in the West Coast offense), a wide receiver must posses several traits and characteristics. For example, a wide receiver should have a high level of agility. The agility to change his body position is essential if a wide receiver is to be able to get his hips turned and his hands in position to catch a ball that is not perfectly thrown. Body control is particularly critical for a wide receiver who wants to get to the highest tier of play.

Wide receivers in this offense must also be relatively strong. Strength can help wide receivers in several ways. For example, strength plays a role in a wide receiver being able to maintain his balance after a collision with his defenders. Strength also affects a receiver's ability to go up for the ball and his ability to maintain his performance level as the game progresses . All factors considered the stronger a player is, the less likely he is to be injured.

Soft hands are also vital. It's a given that to have a legitimate chance to play, a receiver must have outstanding hands. The key is to be able to catch the ball in a crowded situation, while on the move. Almost all potential receivers can run under the ball and catch it in the open. In reality, however, most catches must be made with the ball and the defender closing at the same instant.

While pure (track) speed may be desirable, the ability to increase his foot speed as needed (i.e., explosiveness) and his full stride speed are more important factors for a wide receiver. Acceleration has a number of obvious applications for a wide receiver.

Full-stride speed enables a receiver who has the ball in the open field to be able to keep the separation with the closing defenders until he crosses the goal line . He doesn't have to out-run the defenders or gain ground on them just get to the goal line before the defenders do. This situation requires full-stride speed, rather than track speed.

PS

Tavon Austin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHn3xtXMPcw

Denard Robinson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdg51wIxq5k

Similar players:

DeSean Jackson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-lxxvoag-Q

Percy Harvin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvQOmUSvMUg

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