Just in case anyone was wondering, this is what I'm talking about when I use a number on a WR's route.
Some people like this one though because it includes the TE tree along with the WR tree
Some offenses changes things here or there, like a 1 for us was a hitch, 5 a Curl. Still good info.
Those are the basics. Having receivers remember that the "odd man out" rule applies, and that larger generally is deeper, makes it easier to remember.
One needs to consider that not all routes stay on the "trunk". Some route trees differentiate a "go" from a "fly" based on proximity to the sideline or numbers even though both are a "9" on a standard route tree. Some routes have a move or double move as well.
Just did some digging and pretty much everything said this....
Inside the playbook: the NFL route tree | National Football PostQuote:
Before we get into the actual routes, we need to know when the WR is going to break. And outside of the 3-step game (Slant, Flat), every route breaks at a depth of 12-15 yards. Why is that important? Double moves. If you are playing defensive back and see the WR stutter his feet at a depth of 8-yards, expect him to get vertical up the field—because there isn’t a route that breaks at 8-yards. However, remember one very important detail: if the WR doesn’t break his route between a depth of 12-15 yards, you better open your hips and run. Because he is running straight down the field.
Something I'm going to watch for this year. Again, great stuff my friend.