In this modern era of football, the offensive unit most often displays three wide receivers. Offenses can use many types of personnel. That means they change up the five eligible receivers position. Those five eligibles can be wide receivers, running backs, or tight ends used in any fashion the offense desires to create possible mismatches.
For example, there are times an offense will play with five wide receivers on the field. The five offensive linemen (big guys) are constants, as well as the quarterback.
I want to explain the slot receiver because it has become such a vital position. The slot receiver aligns inside of the widest man on the field.
Contrary to the wide receiver, who is one of the best pure athletes on the field, the slot receiver may lack size, speed, or power. However,
- The slot most often catches short throws.
- They must be extremely quick with instant change of direction skill and be consistent making the catch.
- It’s important they are mentally and physically tough.
- They operate often in the middle of the field where violent collisions most often happen.
- These players have outstanding run after the catch ability.
The slot can become a deep threat when the defense decides to use two defenders to cover the great athletes at wide receiver and leave the deep middle of the field vulnerable.
Although the slot is not always the best athlete, they are often the best playmakers!