Wide Receiver - Tips and Tricks Don't Miss It Have you ever seen the wide receiver take a hand-off? If you haven't, you may have been fooled just like the defense. But if you do see the wide receiver take a hand-off it's usually to trick the defense. How does it work? The wide receiver has to be pretty sneaky to pull it off. He runs from one side of the field, behind the offensive line where he takes the hand-off from the quarterback or another receiver, and then runs around the other side circling the entire defense. Try this one yourself during your next game, and see how many yards you can gain. Using the Clock In close games, the clock can be the wide receiver's best friend. If a pass is incomplete, the clock stops. Sometimes you may even see teams throwing incomplete passes on purpose to stop the clock. Or you may even see the wide receiver catching a pass and going out of bounds on purpose. This stops the clock, too. So why would a team want to stop the clock? Stopping the clock buys the team a little more time to plan their next move - which could mean the difference between winning or losing the game. Quick Tip The letters YAC stand for yards after catch - or how many yards did the wide receiver gain after he caught the ball. For example, if the quarterback throws a 10-yard pass to the wide receiver, and then the receiver gains another five yards, his YAC is five. Wide receivers must have: 1. Super speed 2. High-grade hands Tight ends and running backs also are eligible to catch passes.
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