Slot Receivers


The slot is a small space between the last man on the line of scrimmage (the tight end or offensive tackle) and the outside receiver. A slot receiver typically lines up pre-snap in this area, making them a threat to do almost anything.

A slot receiver is usually an extra speedy receiver whose routes are faster and more precise than those of an outside wide receiver. This makes it critical for them to be able to run just about every possible route on the field, including short and deep passes.

Having good chemistry with the quarterback is a key to success for a slot receiver. They also have to be able to block well.

When a slot receiver doesn’t catch the ball, they often block for a running back or wideout. They pick up blitzes from linebackers or secondary players, and provide protection on outside run plays.

They can also play on passing downs, as they’re a pass-catching specialist. They’re great at opening up the passing game by blocking, running long routes to the outside, and getting involved in trick-plays such as end-arounds.

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