The Weave N Get UP Drill combines a pair of essential moves for defensive backs. First is the weave which allows a defensive back to hold their leverage against a wide receivers stem or allows a safety to move from one part of the deep field to another without sacrificing the ability to to break left or right if needed to. The second move involved in the drill is a hip flip which allows a defensive back to keep their depth leverage on a wide receiver or allows a safety to quickly move from one area of the the deep part of the field to another.
Developing both of these skills will allow the defender to be more efficient in his moves and make more plays so here’s how the drill works (there is a video at the end of this post)
1 – Start off in a staggered stance as if you were playing off a wide receiver. It’s ideal for you to do this drill from the sidelines of a lined field. Align along one of the long yard marks. Then weave at a 45° angle from one long yard mark to another, so for instance, from the 40 yard line over to the 45 yard line. Keep a rigid upper body in your pedal and do not cross your feet over.
2 – Once you reach the other long yard mark, execute a hip flip inside by planting your outside foot hard below you then swinging your hips and shoulders open to face inside. You should not raise your shoulders to do this. Stay on the same level as you did in your pedal.
3 – Once you have opened, proceed towards the hash marks in the middle of the field by leading with your hips and keeping your front shoulder down. Your front shoulder should be in line with the long yard mark. Avoid closing your shoulder and turning your back to the sidelines. You must stay open!
4 – Proceed to the first set of hash marks in the middle of the field in an opened cross over run.
See the video below:
Chad Wilson is the owner of All Eyes DB Camp and author of "101 DB Tips". He played college football at the University of Miami and briefly in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks. Over his 15 year high school football coaching career, he tutored over a dozen Division I defensive backs and as a trainer has worked with NFL All Pros, first round draft picks, college football All Americans and Top 10 ranked high school football prospects.