Slot Receivers


A slot is a narrow opening in a machine or container, for example a hole that you put coins into to make it work. A slot is also a place where an activity takes place, such as a peak evening viewing slot on a TV show.

Slot receivers are an integral part of any quarterback’s offense, giving him a versatile and reliable option when throwing the ball and an extra blocker for running plays outside the line of scrimmage. In recent seasons, the NFL has seen a significant increase in the use of slot receivers.

Defending against Slot Receivers

A good slot receiver can give an offense the ability to attack all three levels of the defense, while still being able to make it out of the end zone on short passes. This is because they can run all kinds of routes, from open ones to inside-outside options.

The most important thing a slot receiver needs to do is have good chemistry with their quarterback, as well as being very accurate when it comes to route running and timing. When they can perfect these skills, their success will be almost inevitable.

Often, they will be called into pre-snap motion by the quarterback on runs and pass plays. This helps them to get out of the way and give the quarterback more time to get the ball in their hands.

They can also play as a ball carrier from time to time, on pitch plays, reverses, and end-arounds. This is particularly important if the team doesn’t have a fullback or tight end on the play.