What does draw play mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. draw, draw play(noun)

    (American football) the quarterback moves back as if to pass and then hands the ball to the fullback who is running toward the line of scrimmage


  1. Draw play

    A draw play, or simply draw for short, is a type of American football play. The draw appears to be a passing play, but is actually a running play; in this way, it can be considered the opposite of the play action pass. Historically, the draw play was first developed by the Cleveland Browns during their years in the All-America Football Conference. A botched play, originally designed to be a pass play, caused quarterback Otto Graham to improvise a hand-off to fullback Marion Motley. A surprised Motley, who had been expecting to block on the play, ran instead for a big gain. Coach Paul Brown noted the success of the improvised play and began to work it in as a regular play, quickly creating four different versions of it. The idea behind a draw play is to attack aggressive, pass-rushing defenses by "drawing" them downfield, leaving more open space to run the ball. Draw plays are often run out of the shotgun formation, but can also be run when the quarterback is under center. These types of draw plays are sometimes referred to as delayed handoffs. The running back will most often run straight upfield in the "A-Gap", although there are more complicated versions.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of draw play in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of draw play in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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