Slot (Football)

A narrow aperture or groove, as in a piece of wood or metal. The word comes from Middle Low German, related to the verb sleutana (“to lock”). Also:

A slot (football) is a gap in the defensive line or the offensive line between the player positioned closest to the tackle and the wide receiver positioned nearest the sideline. The position is most often filled by a running back or tight end, but can be used by a wide receiver in certain situations. The slot is usually taken up by the player that is positioned in the middle of the team depth chart, between a fullback and a running back. Players that fill the slot are called “slotbacks.”

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