From NFL game reports, a deep pass is counted as a pass that travels 15 yards or more from the line of scrimmage. There are four things necessary in the NFL in order to be able to use the deep pass as a weapon:
- Receivers with the speed and the ability to catch deep passes - which are generally lower percentage options than short or medium depth passes.
- A QB that has the arm to get the ball down the field.
- An offensive line capable of giving the QB enough time for the deeper routes to develop.