wikiHow to Play Tight End on a Football Team

Three Parts:BlockingReceivingRunning

In football, the tight end is a position on the offense who can be used for numerous types of plays. The tight end has to have game smarts, as well as experience on the field. This article will help you play tight end.

Part 1

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    Know where to block. In some plays, where the ball is being run by the running back, or the tight end is just not receiving, they will usually be lined up on the offensive line, blocking. Depending on the play, the tight end will block a few different people, but most of the time, it is the defensive end.
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    Know when, and when not to be aggressive. On blocking plays, your job is to keep the pocket open for the quarterback to get rid of the ball, or for the runner to get through the gap. If anyone on the offensive line fails to complete this task, the ball carrier will most likely be taken down.
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    Avoid getting a penalty. While it sounds like you have to try your absolute best to keep the defenders out, don't overdo it. While still blocking, make sure you don't hit too hard, or hold the defender. That will result in a penalty and have your team further back than it was before.

Part 2

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    Work on passing. Besides on blocking, the tight end is known for pass receptions. The majority of them are not long passes, but they still do pick up the first down, or get those few extra yards into the end zone.
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    Know your routes. If the other receivers are covered, the quarterback is depending on you to be in the right place, in the right time. Most times, failure to complete routes result in a sack, or the quarterback being overwhelmed by defensive players.
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    Be able to keep the ball. Most people can catch a football, but not all of them can secure it and protect it from being knocked out for an incompletion, or in worse cases, a fumble. If you see an open space after making the reception, go for it. Pick up all the yards you can to get your team further down the field.

Part 3

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    Practice running the ball in case it's needed. There are few plays where the tight end runs the ball, but there are some times where it's needed to pick up those last few yards for a conversion. It is better to know how to run the ball, rather than not know how, and get a turnover on the field.
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    Complete the route. Every running play has offensive linemen ordered to keep an open space on the line of scrimmage, or outside the offensive line. If the route tells you to go between the left tackle and left guard, go there. Have trust in your teammates to get the spot open for you.
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    Be able to improvise. Sometimes the linemen fail to provide an open space for you to run the ball. Don't give up and take the tackle behind the line. Be able to recognize another open spot on the line, or make your way through the line.


  • Always go for the extra yards. Those few inches or feet could get your team 6 more points on the scoreboard.
  • Make sure you stretch before practices or games. Stretching loosens your muscles, allowing them to take harder hits. If your muscles are tense, and you get a hit, or twist your ankle, you have a higher chance of an injury.
  • Practice your position with friends or a coach. Its better to have experience walking onto the practice or game field.


  • As mentioned before, always stretch before playing. You risk getting yourself an injury if you don't stretch before a practice or game.

  • Don't give up. Tight end isn't an easy position to pick up in 15 minutes. It takes hours of practice and experience to get yourself ready for the position.

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