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3 Quick Ladder Drills for Wide Receivers

By Cody Carter Published on Monday, September 15, 2014

For more than a decade, performance specialists at EXOS have trained and prepared 523 football players who were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and then selected in the NFL Draft. Many of those players are known for their speed, instincts, and playmaking ability. As discussed in a previous post, we incorporate the SKLZ Quick Ladder at the end of the Movement Prep routine to prime and improve the nervous system. At the wide receiver position, it is important to run crisp routes, create separation from defensive backs, and react quickly after the catch to pick up extra yards.

Brandin Cooks during EXOS combine preparation.
Brandin Cooks during EXOS combine preparation.

On the field, as your eyes process what is happening in just fractions of a second, your nervous system carries signals through your body to your legs, hands, and feet. Whether or not that pathway in your nervous system can operate faster than that of the cornerback trying to defend you often is the difference between making a crucial first down and your opponent picking off a pass intended for you.

Cutting is key for wide receivers. Cutting is rapidly decelerating the body by planting the foot, keeping the body inside the base of support, and then moving in a different direction. Here are three EXOS drills every wide receiver should do with the SKLZ Quick Ladder to thrive on the field.

Linear 2 in 1 out with hold: A great drill for improving your ability to anticipate a cut that will be needed after the catch.

Lateral 2 in 2 out: Use this quick sequence to improve what your feet do on your short “out” route.


Base Rotations: A drill that works on separating your lower body from your upper body just as you would do as you run your “go” to confuse the corner


Cody Carter Cody has spent the last 10 years coaching athletes at the youth, high school, competitive, collegiate and professional levels. During that time he has learned from and developed close relationships with some of the best performance specialists in the world. Growing up, he played football, basketball and ran track. He didn't specialize in one sport until college, where he chose to run track as a sprinter and high hurdler for Iowa State University. He has spent his entire performance coaching career in Southern California where he is now a Manager for the EXOS Performance Innovation Team. Now based at SKLZ Headquarters, directly above the EXOS San Diego facility, Cody is able to jump in for the occasional hands-on athlete training session. View all posts by

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