Slots in the NFL

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A player inserts cash or, in the case of “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode into a designated slot on the machine. The reels then spin and stop to rearrange symbols to determine winning combinations. The machine then pays out credits based on the paytable. Most slots have a specific theme, and symbols and bonus features are aligned with that theme.


Slot receivers are wide receivers that line up in the “slot” of the field, between and slightly behind the outside wide receivers. They need advanced route running skills to get on the same page with the quarterback and time runs correctly. They also need to have great awareness of the field because they’re closer to the defense and can be hit from a number of different angles. On running plays, slot receivers must be able to block for the ball carrier. They’ll often need to chip defensive backs and safeties as well. This is particularly important for running plays such as slants and sweeps. In addition, slot receivers need to be able to run quick, inside routes on passing plays.