The area from which a quarterback throws a pass, behind the line of scrimmage, delineated by the defensive players of his own team who protect him from attacking opponents; as, he had ample time in the pocket to choose an open receiver.
a style of pass protection where the blockers hit the pass rusher and then recoil repeatedly forcing the defender to take an outside pass rush to the quarterback. The Center recoils very little, the Guards a little more, and the Tackles and Ends even more. When executed properly, the resulting pass rush is bowed into a cup or 'pocket' shape in which the quarterback stands to throw. Designed to break down from the outside in, the quarterback avoids pressure by stepping forward setting up new blocking angles for the blockers. An Example can be seen in the Fan Pass Play, illustrated by a purple line.