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A Comparison of Football Throwing Machines

A Comparison of Football Throwing Machines

While there are many types of football throwing machines, we carry the three brands we consider the best—Jugs, First pitch, and Sports Attack. All three brands are great options (or we wouldn’t carry them), but we want you to make sure you get the one that’s the best for you.

It can be daunting choosing which football throwing machine is best for you and your team. We want you to make the decision that is best for you, so we’re going to save you some time and give you a brief comparison of each one in this blog.

Jugs vs. First Pitch vs. Sports Attack

JUGS Football Throwing Machines

While it is beneficial that the Jugs Field General throws nothing but spirals, it does not simulate end-over-end punts. The good news is we also carry the Jugs football passing/kicking machine, so you will want to make sure you get that if you want a Jugs machine to simulate kicking and passing drills from 5 to 80 yards.

First Pitch Football Throwing Machine

Now, the good thing about the First Pitch Quarterback Football throwing machine is it can simulate kicks and passes anywhere from five to 80 yards long. The benefit of this football throwing machine is it can simulate kickoffs, punts, end-over-end spiral punts.

Sports Attack Football Throwing Machines

Now, if you want your team to practice hail mary’s, the Snap Attack throws passes up to 100 years. That can be advantageous to not only making your players run the length of the field but also turning and catching a speeding football after running that distance.

Of course, those are brief overviews of the differences of the different football throwing machines we carry. We encourage you to look into each one to make sure you choose the one that is best for your and your team’s needs.

Alternative Uses of Football Throwing Machines

Now, you will also want to know the alternative uses for these machines. It is important to remember that not only can these machines throw 80 or more yards, but they can also be set to throw only five yards.

So, along with practicing passes at long distances, they can help you simulate situations in a shorter field. The majority of passes in football are not that long, so most passes will most like be within 5 to 15 yards.

Here are a few game like scenarios you can practice for in a shorter field:

  • The quarterback is sacked and throws the football in the air

  • The quarterback pitches the football to a running back in motion

  • A cornerback is covering a wide receivers, the wide receiver runs a 15 yard route, and the cornerback tries to intercept him.

Of course, you can make that last drill competitive by gamifying it. Tell your two players whoever makes the fewest catches have to run so many laps in full gear.

Now that you know the benefits of a football throwing machine, it’s time to decide which one best suits your needs.

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