OK, here we are… Tight End Tips part 2. Click here if you missed Tight End Tips part 1.
Like I said before, these are drills that’ll help you get better at most of the things NFL scouts look for when they’re analyzing tight ends.
A lot of drills out there require equipment of some kind. But to help those on a budget, the drills listed below require little-to-no equipment to be purchased.
Disclaimer: If you’re injured, or have health issues, please consult with a doctor before doing any of this stuff. I, nor Get2TheLeague.com is responsible if you hurt yourself, or tear-up your mom’s house trying to do these drills.
With that said, let’s finish up, shall we?
Now before you laugh at me for posting some stuff on improving your focus, recall back to the second Wide Receiver Tips post, where I showed you where Coach Walsh said that he used to look through game film of player’s looking for moments that show extreme focus and concentration.
This video gives you a really simple exercise you can do to improve your focus and concentration. I like how closely it resembles having to catch a football in traffic, or making a tough catch in any other circumstance.
These drills will help you get better at being a little more elusive with the rock after you’ve made the catch.
The drills on this video are made for running backs, but they can help you as a tight end, too.
For example, there’s a drill where people are hitting you on both sides of you while you’re catching the ball.
A drill like that helps you get used to catching the ball and getting hit by a defender at the same time, which happens to tight ends all the time.
The drills in this one help you become more elusive with the ball after you’ve caught it.
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A while back, we did a post here at Get2TheLeague.com on explosion and burst. The info in that post’ll help you develop the explosion that scouts look for in wide receivers and tight ends. Check it out:
You should be able to do the first and last drills on the video below without equipment.
The second drill requires a sled, but you might be able to put something together around the house or in the backyard that you can use instead if you don’t have access to one.
It’s often overlooked, but hip flexibility plays a huge part in developing explosion in your hips. Increasing the range of motion in your hips is crucial. The drills in the video below can help you with that.
Now this drill works on your balance, and is definitely something you can do around the house. I’m sure you have somebody around the house who wouldn’t mind to pushing you around a little.
This is a simple drill you can do to work on your balance in your own living room.
This drill, courtesy of Velocity Sports Performance will help you develop your balance, too.
Some of the exercises in this video are in the one above, but there’s a few new ones in here, too.
Anchor strength, which is the ability to stand your ground against the defensive lineman, has a lot to do with technique, leverage, core strength and balance.
The drill in this video can be done in your living room with a dumbbell, but will help you increase your core muscle strength.
The below video takes you through a bunch of exercises that’ll help develop and strengthen the core area of your body. (Courtesy completespeedtraining.com)
At livestrong.com, there’s an article titled Lineman Workouts that provides some advice on developing the strength to block at the line.
In the article, they state that Walter Jones, 9-time Pro Bowl and 7-time All-Pro offensive tackle, recommends dumbbell bench presses, shoulder shrugs, and shoulder presses to build up your upper-body strength.
They also mention that trainer Christopher Mohr, recommends deadlifts, front and back squats, and barbell lunges to improve performance on the line.
In this video, you’ll find some good insight on the different hand techniques to use in the different situations you’ll face as an offensive tackle.
In this video, Chris Gizzi(former NFL linebacker) and LeCharles Bentley (former NFL Center) go over the dynamics of the basics of hand placement and what you’re trying to do as an offensive lineman when it comes to working with your hands.
As the guy in the video below points out, strong hands are ok, but really be effective with your hands, you need to be quick with your hands.
The drills in the video will help you develop hand quickness, and can be done at home. For the last drill, you should be able to find something around the house you can use to replace the bag that he’s swinging at the kid in the video.
The drills in the video below will show you some ladder drills you can use to help you get faster with your hands. Again, you don’t really need to buy a ladder, you can just use tape, or chalk, or something, to mark your spots on the floor.
Run Blocking Technique
If you’re training yourself, you might be able to use some instruction on how to get your run blocking techique right.
The video below takes you through some drills you can do to get better at run blocking.
You might have something you can use around the house to substitue for the block pad. If not, they’re not that expensive. I’ve seen them online for $50, on the low end.
The drills in the video below will help you improve your lateral movement ability, knee bend and flexibility, pass blocking technique, explosion, and more.
In the below video, you’ll find some ladder drills that you can do to help you develop better lateral agility and better footwork overall.
The good thing about the ladder drill is that you don’t really need to buy a ladder; you can put tape or something on the ground and get the same results.
The video below introduces the 2-3-2-3 drill, which’ll help you with your lateral agility and quickness.
They’re using speed hurdles on the video, but you should be able to find something (or make something) around the house that you can use instead.
The link below will take you to a video at CoachTube.com that takes you through the mirror shuffle, mirror angle kick slide, slide run, and backward shuffle drills, to help you with your agility.
Now all you gotta do is get off your butt and make it happen. Let’s get it.
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