A narrow notch, groove or opening, as in a keyway in machinery or a slit for a coin in a vending machine. Also, a position in a group, series, or sequence: the slot for an employee.
Route Running – Slot receivers need to be great at running routes. They have to be able to get on the same page with their quarterback, run the right route at the right time, and catch the ball with ease. Blocking – Since Slot receivers are often called on to play like running backs on some plays, they have to be able to block well. They’re usually responsible for picking up blitzes and protecting the running back or wideout on outside run plays.
In some cases, Slot receivers are asked to carry the ball on pitch and end-around plays, as well as on some run-action passing situations. These plays require a good understanding of how to read defenses and a high level of speed. They also need to be able to run some of the faster routes, such as the slant and out-route.