Definition of fade route in US English:

fade route

noun

American Football
  • An offensive play in which a receiver sprints toward the end zone and then veers suddenly toward the sideline to receive the pass.

    ‘it's nearly impossible to defend when the receiver runs a fade route’
    • ‘No running back is going to run a fade route out of the backfield.’
    • ‘On first down, Manning had several choices, a corner fade route among them.’
    • ‘Brady was pinpoint accurate from the outset, beginning with one of several hellacious throws on fade routes.’
    • ‘The two constantly worked on the fade route during the summer to exploit smaller defenders.’
    • ‘He's even effective on fade routes in the endzone, a development that is still mindblowing even months afterwards.’