UTSA Tight End Pass Release Drills - Justin Burke

Coach Justin Burke is the Co-Offensive Coordinator and Tight Ends Coach at the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

The entire video of drills he uses for tight ends in their passing game is available on Glazier Drive.

Coach Burke's philosophy is that you need to break down and drill every aspect of tight end play in the passing game, including:

Stance/start, 1st level release, 2nd level release, speed, stem, breaking point, separation, catch, and YAC

The video below focuses on release drills.


Here are some other  takeaways for the foundations for tight end play.

  • Since a tight end has so many responsibilities, you must be organized and prepared when you teach in practice.

  • Some of the responsibilities of a tight end are:

    Pass protection, run blocking, route running, lining up as a fullback, blocking on special teams

  • A tight end must be prepared to block men bigger and stronger than himself.

  • A tight end  pass protects vs. men more dynamic than himself.

  • A tight end will run routes vs. men faster and quicker than himself.

  • Tight ends must be totally focused on being fundamentally sound and mentally tough.

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