Slot Receiver


A narrow opening or groove in something, such as a mail slot in a door or the gap between an airplane’s primary and secondary wings. Also, a position in a group or sequence: a slot as an employee in an organization or a series of positions within a hierarchy.

In video slot machines, a pay line is a line across the reels that indicates which symbols match to create winning combinations. The number of pay lines varies by machine, but usually there are several. Some have geometrical shapes in addition to straight lines, and some have multiple pay lines that run diagonally. Players can set the number of coins they wish to play per spin, and a game’s payout is based on the combination of winning symbols.

Slot receivers have a unique position in the offense, and they are crucial for success. They have to be able to run just about every route in the book, and they must be precise with their timing. They also need to have chemistry with the quarterback.

Without a solid slot receiver, a team can struggle to attack all three levels of the defense. Many top wide receivers spend some time in the slot, such as Tyler Boyd, Cooper Kupp, and Stefon Diggs. They may need to block (or chip) nickelbacks or outside linebackers, and they can help seal off defensive ends on running plays designed to go outside the field. If they do their job well, a good slot receiver can lead to big production numbers.