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Slot receiver is an offensive position in football that combines aspects of outside and inside receivers. The slot receiver runs routes that align with other players, in an attempt to confuse defenders and allow the quarterback to move forward quickly.
They are usually smaller and faster than outside receivers, but they need to be able to handle bigger hits. They also need to be able to run routes that correspond with the quarterback on passing plays.
It takes a lot of practice for the slot receiver to get on the same page as the quarterback, and to run routes that make it difficult for defenders to track the ball carrier. They also need to know how to read the field and where defenders are, as this helps them avoid getting hit when running.
Slot receivers have advanced blocking skills, more so than outside receivers. This is because they are in a position on the field that is critical to sweeps and slant runs, so they need to be able to block and escape tackles.
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