Swing route

A swing route or a flare route is an American football route.[1] It is run by the running back, and is like a wheel route thrown before the turn up the sideline, i. e. release toward the sideline, and then bend or arc upfield ever so slightly,[2] and look for a short pass.[3] It can be combined with a screen pass. It is distinguished from a flat route by approaching the line of scrimmage more gradually, on a curved path.[4]


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  2. Kirby, Alex (10 August 2015). "New England vs Seattle". Alex Kirby via Google Books.
  3. Staff, Xs Os. "Pass Routes 101 - Football".
  4. "ITP Glossary: Swing Route - Inside The Pylon". 19 February 2016.
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