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What makes a great deep threat WR?

speed and hands?
  • titan
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Speed, hands, and height...route running not so much anymore.
It would be nice to have a little desire as well. Height would be handy, but Steve Smith did it for years going up and getting the deep ball, and not exactly a very big receiver.
hands hands hands....and some speed
Gotta be able to track the ball in the air and adjust to the trajectory. For contested throws, you need to time a jump properly, shield the ball from the defender w/ your body, and aggressively catch the ball away from the body.
Watch Julio Jones in the NFC Championship, he uses a subtle push off when he makes his cut that takes the defensive back off stride. You must have speed but size is a big factor today. Watch the Seattle cornerbacks, they just mug the receiver at the line of scrimmage. Smaller wide-outs are negated by such tactics, no matter how fast they are. These maneuvers mess up the offensive flow.
Originally posted by WRATHman44:
Gotta be able to track the ball in the air and adjust to the trajectory. For contested throws, you need to time a jump properly, shield the ball from the defender w/ your body, and aggressively catch the ball away from the body.

Ditto
Must beat that corner on a consistent bases. Whether with speed or route running or a combo. Must fight for the ball when in tight coverage. Then there's the safety to worry about, especially hanging on to the ball for that hit. If he can do all that, he's a deep threat.