Slot receivers are offensive players who line up at the edge of the offense and serve as outlet receivers for the quarterback. They are also used to block defenders. Their main function is to help keep the quarterback from being sacked.

They are often the fastest players on the field and can make a blistering slap shot into the net. They can also run short routes on the route tree.

There are two main types of slot receivers: the outside and inside slot. The outside slot is usually used for short passes. A wide receiver can take the slot in place of a fullback, but the inside slot is often used to create multiple ball receiver formations.

Slot receivers are highly effective in the catch and run game. However, they also have several other potential responsibilities. Depending on the type of play, they may be used to block defenders or to pick up defensive linemen who have broken through the line of scrimmage.

Slot receivers are often used in place of tight ends. If a player like Tyreek Hill runs through the defense on pure speed, the winger can put a stick out in front of the goalie to redirect the shot.

Slot receivers can also be used to protect the quarterback from being sacked. They can run the quick out or go straight downfield.

One of the best shots in hockey is a well-placed one-timer from the high slot. To shoot the puck from this position, the goalie must react quickly.