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Film Room: Football 101 - X, Z, and Slot Receiver Roles

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NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be breaking down film covering a bunch of different aspects of the game in an attempt to give you an idea what to expect from the Colts this season. We’ve already broken down the 4 Verts and Dagger concepts and will cover a ton more. However, some of the feedback I received after the Dagger concept video was that there are some people who would be interested in a look at the basics before diving deep into scheme, route concepts, and coverages.

The Football 101 series will attempt to help get you understand the game well enough to be comfortable following any of our more in-depth breakdowns of film, and to follow the games in a way that will change and flesh out your appreciation for it.

In this first video we’re going to break down the basics of wide receiver roles. We’ll look at how the X, Z, and slot receivers differ from a physical and skill set standpoint, and how teams use them differently. If you know a ton about the X’s and O’s, this video may not be your cup of tea, but if you’re wanting to gain a better understanding of the game and play design, this is a great starting point. Let me know what you think and if you’d like to see more videos like this one in the comments.