Slot – The Second Wide Receiver Position in an NFL Offense

Slot is the nickname for the second wide receiver position in an NFL offense. Originally created by Raiders head coach Al Davis in the 1960s, the slot receiver plays an important role for teams, both on passing and running plays. They often play more routes than the other wide receivers and need to have a high level of route running ability as well as precision with their timing. It is also important that they can block effectively since they do not have the benefit of a fullback or extra tight end to help them out.

In addition to their responsibilities on passing plays, slot receivers are also tasked with blocking on run plays. They need to be able to block well from multiple angles because they often line up in the middle of the field and can be subject to big hits from different directions. They also need to be able to step up and get underneath defenders on quick run plays like screens, slants, and counters.

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