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Wide Receiver Terminology.....Heellpp!!

I have been a football fan (Rams) for over 40 years. I sometimes even think I know and understand a thing or two about the game. However, when it comes to terminology (especially the terminology currently in use for wide receivers) I sometimes get confused. The only term I understand fully is "wide receiver".

After that it gets a bit murky for me. I read posts and comments on TST (and elsewhere) and listen to announcers who all use many different terms to describe wide receivers. Sometimes its by number (#1 Receiver, #2 Receiver etc.), sometimes its by letter (x,y,z), sometimes its by name (slot, wideout, possession, vertical threat, flanker, etc.). This is very confusing for me. What makes it worse is that sometimes the terms are interchangeable or they overlap one another and there appears to be no consensus on which term means what. To top it all off it appears as though the terminology means different things to different teams, depending on their offensive philosophies and systems they have installed.

The reason I would like to know more about all of this is twofold: I would like to understand more about the game and its terms and strategies and I would like to be able to follow comments and posts better when these terms are used and understand how the terms are being used and in what context. Maybe there are a lot of us out there who feel the same way and would like a better understanding of the terminology?

Notwithstanding the terminology, I figure that the following holds true in an ideal world: in a three receiver set you would like to see one player who can stretch the field with speed and ability and is a constant threat to defenses because of their speed (Givens??).....one player who runs precise routes with great hands who is effective in the ten to fifteen yard range (Quick??).......and one player who catches a lot of balls in the 8-10 yard range (Amendola??). I realize that is somewhat simplified but it is as far as my understanding goes. I for one would love to know how these terms truly apply to the receivers currently on our team.

I would love to see comments/discussion related to this post. Your thoughts will help in understanding the terminology (maybe even getting a consensus as to what each term means).This would be most helpful to many of us.

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