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Down and Out

What does Down and Out Mean?

A pass route that consists of a receiver sprinting 10-15 yards downfield and making a 90-degree cut towards the sideline in anticipation of a pass.


Sporting Charts explains Down and Out

This is one of the more difficult throws for an NFL quarterback due to the length of time the pass travels in the air. It is crucial that the receiver come back towards the line of scrimmage slightly. If he does not, the cornerback can break on the ball and intercept. Strong-arm quarterbacks like Brett Favre and John Elway were adept at completing passes via this route.

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