Tight-End Speed and Performance

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Question: I have been blessed to have a couple of college offers to play football as I enter my senior year. I currently play tight-end but one of the schools is considering me for O-line because of my size and potential for more size. If I decided I would prefer to play tight-end what would I need to do to stay in that position?

Answer: That’s simple. You have to become so good at where you play that they won’t try to change you. If your size is a factor you must be 6’4″ or more, because finding players that size with accommodating bone structure and muscle is a rare thing.

To play tight end you will need more speed. Your 40 time needs to be at least the 4.6 to 4.7 range. Starts are a priority because coming off of the snap explosively in a game gives you an edge.

In our FastTrak speed program we emphasize hamstring work and hip flexor strength and flexibility. Hamstring and Achilles’ tendon flexibility goes with that as does teaching the muscles how to fire repeatedly.  Just getting stronger will improve speed between 2 and 4%. Training the nervous system to fire efficiently and repeatedly can improve speed by 8 to 10%. So you need to work both systems.

  • Practice starts or coming off the line until it becomes instinctive.
  • Build muscle so that you’re a very fast big body that can move and block.
  • You need to build hand strength so you can lock on a ball with one hand, if necessary, and catch whatever is thrown your way.
  • Finally you need someone who can fire a ball to throw with you. If you’re a big body that has speed and ball skills you won’t be bulked up to be a left tackle.
  • It requires a single-mindedness and dedication to the position.

Gronkowski from New England is an example of the super size tight end who’s production makes him valuable.

God bless and keep training,

Daryl

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