A slot is a narrow opening in a machine or container that allows you to insert coins to make it work. It’s also an expansion slot, which means that it is a place where you can install printed circuit boards (PCBs) or other computer parts.
The Slot Receiver is a special position in the NFL that was developed by Al Davis in 1963. This position combines the traits of both an outside receiver and a running back. The Slot receiver is generally shorter and smaller than an outside receiver, but he also has the speed to break past the secondary, allowing him to run all types of passing routes — to the inside and outside, deep, and short.
Compared to an outside receiver, the Slot receiver typically has better hands and has a higher speed. This helps them keep their hands open, and it also makes it easier for them to catch a pass.
A Slot receiver also needs to be aware of the defense, and they need to be able to read their movements. They need to be able to know which defenders are where, so they can take advantage of their superior route-running skills.
They may also need to be able to act as a ball carrier on certain plays, especially when the quarterback calls them into pre-snap motion. This is important, because it gives the Slot receiver a full head of steam before the quarterback snaps the ball.