The Cover 1 Playbook: What is Plastering by a Defensive Back?


In this conversation, Bills cornerback Kaiir Elam discusses the concept of “plaster drill.” This involves adjusting coverage when the quarterback starts scrambling. Elam emphasizes the importance of staying connected to the nearest receiver and maintaining coverage against an elite quarterback like Patrick Mahomes, who can make game-changing plays. Elam shares a specific play where they successfully executed plaster coverage and prevented a potential threat.


  • Plaster drill: Adjusting coverage when the quarterback scrambles.
  • Focus on connecting to the nearest receiver during the scramble.
  • Elite quarterbacks like Mahomes can turn broken plays into big gains.
  • Strategy involves maintaining man-to-man coverage during scrambles.
  • Keeping eyes on Mahomes while covering a receiver.
  • Elam forced the receiver out of bounds to eliminate the threat.
  • Elam’s awareness of the line of scrimmage and the risk of quarterback runs.
  • Feel and intuition play a crucial role in mastering defensive back skills.
  • Discussion of the importance of situational awareness and adapting to plays.
  • Elam’s ability to combine awareness, coverage, and instinct in a critical play.


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