Rub routes, or picks as several people might call them, are commonly used every week in every level of football. It is an attempt to give receivers separation from defensive backs, by rubbing off the defender with another player. The Pittsburgh Steelers run these types of combination routes week in and week out and we see them a lot out of their bunch formation.
Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs we saw it executed perfectly by Emmanuel Sanders and Heath Miller, which led to quarterback Byron Leftwich hitting Sanders across the middle for a 31 yard gain on 3rd down and 9.
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