The term “checked down” means that the quarterback has spent the time (usually 3-4 seconds) to look downfield to see if each one of his receivers are open or not, basically “checking down the list of receivers”. If they are all covered, he will “checkdown” to the running back or tight end for a short yardage attempt.
1. The defense has all the receivers covered downfield, forcing the quarterback to checkdown to his running back near the sideline.
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