2021 NFL Draft: Ja’Marr Chase and the joys of the slant route

On its surface, there are few more elementary route concepts in football than the slant. There are different iterations, of course, but it’s an angular route designed to attack the leverage of a defense and have the receiver work in short areas to graze on any open space, and take advantage. There are receiver subtleties, […]

Michigan’s Ronnie Bell moves to the front of the line

It was just two years ago when an under-recruited, underrated wide receiver named Ronnie Bell walked onto Michigan’s campus for the first time. Bell was a basketball star in high school — an athlete with above-average agility — who played football for fun. But he quickly turned heads in practice, enough to warrant playing time […]

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