The wide receiver's job is to catch passes from the quarterback. The wide receiver has to outrun defenders called defensive backs by running routes. Some receivers that are very fast are considered deep threats because they can outrun the defender and go deep. The wide receiver is one of the most important positions.
The wide receiver used to be called the end. An end played on the line next to the offensive tackle. Then the end was moved far out away from the offensive line so they can get more space. Don Hutson was the first to move away from the line. Then passing started being very common and a second wide receiver was added. In the early 1960’s Sid Gillman made 3, 4, or even five wide receivers and the ones on the inside were called slot receivers.
Randy moss, a famous wide receiver helped the Vikings to become the number two-ranked offense, scoring a NFL record of 556 points in his first year. Moss was a 6 time pro bowler and was in the NFL for 14 years. He holds the record of 23 receiving touchdowns in a single season. He also had 15,292 receiving yards which is second in NFL history.
There are four different types of wide receivers. The first one is the split end, the split end is farthest person away from the center on his side. Second is the flanker, the flanker is on the opposite side of the split end. The third type is the slot receiver and he is on the opposite side of the tight end between the split end and the offensive line. The last one isn’t a common one. He is usually a bigger guy that can catch in the middle of the field. That was all about the wide receiver position.