wide receiver


Definition of wide receiver 

: a football receiver who normally lines up several yards to the side of the offensive formation

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But the second wide receiver position is a question. SI.com, "Fantasy Football Preseason Reports: A Scout’s Take on Every Team," 5 July 2018 Notable non-Huskies to make the ballot include New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Zay Jones. Christopher Hanna, courant.com, "Three Huskies Nominated For American Athletic Conference Fifth Anniversary Team," 2 July 2018 Just look at the offseason of 2015, regarding the wide receiver position: July Cowboys extend Dez Bryant for five years, $70 million ($14 annually). Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals Xtra: Wide receiver A.J. Green won’t be asking for new money in 2018," 24 June 2018 To their credit, the Eagles were able to overhaul the wide receiver position, arguably the weakest position on their roster as of 2016, in a year’s time. Mike Sielski, Philly.com, "Eagles receivers coach Gunter Brewer and Mack Hollins have a good history, and maybe a good future together | Mike Sielski," 11 June 2018 As for the wide receiver position, the Ducks have struggled to close those playmakers on the outside in recent years, but are hoping to change that in this recruiting cycle. Andrew Nemec, OregonLive.com, "4-star teammates Kyle Ford, Ethan Rae visiting Oregon Ducks this week," 6 June 2018 In just two days of practice, Wilson has already taken reps at every wide receiver position. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "What does Tannehill think about losing his No. 1 target and Miami's new weapons? | Miami Herald," 23 May 2018 The Panthers have revamped their wide receiver position throughout the offseason with several acquisitions. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Sources: Why receiver Russell Shepard asked for release from Carolina Panthers | Charlotte Observer," 14 May 2018 Biggs: Edge rusher, though the wide receiver position drew more attention at the start of the offseason. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Fill in the blank: Bears writers address four topics before NFL draft," 22 Apr. 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wide receiver

American football : a player on the offensive team who specializes in catching forward passes

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