How Much Does Game Tape and Practice Really Help NFL Players?

September 19, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Watching game tape and a good practice schedule are invaluable in preparing to play each week in the NFL.
With game tape, defensive players get to see the type of offense they will face that week. Every team's offense runs a lot of the same plays but they also tend to put their own twists on them.
They also have tendencies when it comes to when and where on the field they run certain plays and if you watch enough film you can start to pinpoint them. Individual players also have their own tendencies that can tip you off to what they are going to run at times. 
I remember one week when I was in the NFL I noticed that an offensive tackle always dug his foot into the ground before running plays. It was probably something he did without even thinking about it but it proved to be a good key for me in that game.
Some receivers might fiddle with their gloves when a passing play is called or a running back may scan the field only when he is about to run the ball. Those ...

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