Slot Receiver

A narrow notch, groove, or opening, as a keyway in machinery or a slit for a coin in a vending machine. Also used to denote a position in a group, series, sequence, or hierarchy.

On passing plays, Slot receivers run routes that correspond with outside receivers and provide a degree of separation from the coverage. They also block (or chip) nickelbacks and safeties, and on running plays such as sweeps and slants, they are often crucial in sealing off the outside defensive backs.

In terms of a career, the slot receiver is becoming a distinct position all its own. Traditionally seen as the third-best receiver on an offense, the slot has gained importance in recent years, with defenses relying on their unique set of skills to get to ball carriers. Physically, Slot receivers tend to be smaller and quicker than traditional wide receivers. They must be able to break tackles, elude defenders, and make catches in traffic.

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