Drop-back pass

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A quarterback at practice, dropping back to pass.

A drop-back pass or dropping back to pass is a passing style employed in American football in which the quarterback initially takes a three-step drop, backpedaling into the pocket to make a pass.[1] It is the most common way of passing the ball in American and Canadian style football.[2] Kinds include a three-step drop, a five-step drop, and a seven-step drop.[3][4]


  1. ^ "The Quarterback's Stance, Drop Back, and Hand Off - dummies". 
  2. ^ Wilkinson, Bud (1 July 1993). "Football: Winning Offense". Sports Illustrated – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ Colby, Greg (1 January 2013). "Football: Steps to Success". Human Kinetics – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ "Controlling the Ball With the Pass".