A drag route (also known as an in route or a dig route) is a route run by a receiver in American football, where the receiver runs a few yards downfield, then turns 90° towards the center of the field and runs parallel to the line of scrimmage. This type of route is relatively safe, and often leads to a receiver making a play after the catch. Alternatively, a drag route may be used as a second option if the principal receiver on a play is covered.
Running two crossing drag routes can create an open receiver by using one receiver to set a legal "pick" to block the path of a defensive back in a man coverage scheme. Out and in routes are the most difficult routes to cover in man-to-man coverage, but can be dangerous plays to run because, if the defender intercepts the pass, he will often have a clear path to the end zone.
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