Gridiron Lessons: Defensive Back Techniques

Going to be playing in the secondary this season? Check out a few basic techniques that will have you one step ahead of the competition this season.

Defensive backs can stay a step ahead of the competition with a few tips from DICK’S Sporting Goods Tech Rep Will Hewlett.

Hewlett says defensive backs should keep the torso forward, the chin over the toes and the shoulders over the knees. This stance promotes balance during the back-pedal. Next, you should watch your opponent’s hips — most backs get beat when they take their eyes off the hips.

Finally, track your receiver. When you see his hands go up for the ball, aggressively break from your back-pedal and make your play for the ball.