In training camp, pass catchers catch a lot of passes from quarterbacks. They also catch them from a machine that has only one purpose. Simulate throwing a pass.
But there is a caveat when it comes to using the Jugs machine, according to Rams coach Sean McVay.
“If they’re using the Jugs, I’d like to see them move because you don’t catch a lot of stationary routes,” McVay told reporters on Saturday. “So we have to work the top of the roads. So if you see them on the Jug, say “Hey, make sure we work up the road”. We’re not just sitting there catching static routes. It’s not a very reflective exercise of what happens in games. You tell them that the next time you see them on the Jug.
Makes sense. Rarely, if ever, does a player stand still, wait for a ball to arrive. There is movement, or at least the anticipation of movement as soon as the ball arrives.
It’s the difference between working hard and working smart. Standing still and catching balls fired at him doesn’t make a guy better at catching balls in games. Simulate the final move up the road before focusing on the grip.