Slot Receiver

A narrow notch, groove, or opening, as a keyway in machinery or a slit for a coin in a vending machine.

In football, a slot receiver is the second wide receiver in an offense and often takes on a more important role than the No. 1 wide receiver on a team. John Madden was a proponent of the slot position when he was coaching the Oakland Raiders and used it to great effect with his players. Slot receivers must have a lot of speed, excellent hands, and be precise with their routes and timing to excel at the position.

They also need to be excellent blockers, as they are closer to the middle of the field and more vulnerable to big hits than outside receivers on running plays. They will usually be tasked with blocking defensive backs and safeties, as well as chipping nickelbacks and outside linebackers.

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