Think explosive starts are only helpful for running a fast 40-Yard Dash?
For Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson, an explosive start off the line of scrimmage is imperative for creating separation downfield and generating big plays for his team’s offense.
Jackson possesses the natural speed to beat many defensive backs in a one-on-one foot race, but an explosive first step helps the smaller-framed Jackson counteract a jam move by a defender at the line of scrimmage.
And if the DB whiffs on his jam attempt, Jackson is on cruise control to the end zone.
“These techniques, like staying low, keeping my elbows tight and exploding out help put me in a position where I can explode forward off the line without wasting time to take off,” Jackson says.
To perform the move:
- Assume a 40-Yard Dash start position with your back arm cocked and loaded at 90 degrees.
- Push into the ground with your front foot and drive your cocked arm forward to explode out.
- Stay low and drive forward to avoid popping up.
- Sprint for 15-20 yards; repeat for specified reps.