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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For more than a year, New York Giants fans have been haunted by the paranoid idea that the team might trade star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Shocking Odell Beckham Trade May Have a Silver Lining," 13 Mar. 2019 Only one — four-star Sammamish Eastside Catholic wide receiver Gee Scott Jr., who pledged to Ohio State — has committed as of yet. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Garfield five-star linebacker Sav’ell Smalls includes UW, WSU in top 12," 11 Feb. 2019 The Broncos feature a number of blue-chip prospects including five-star cornerback Akeem Dent, four-star wide receiver Bryan Robinson and University of Miami offensive lineman commit Renato Brown – also a former ThunderWolves standout. Wells Dusenbury, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Oxbridge Academy standout QB Gio Richardson transfers to Palm Beach Central," 11 July 2018 The other three receiving the honor this year: Hall of Fame defensive lineman Jason Taylor, wide receiver Mark Clayton and offensive lineman John Giesler. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "The Miami Dolphins will honor six of the best players in franchise history this season," 10 July 2018 That list includes defensive linemen Haloti Ngata and Michael Bennett, tight end Richard Rodgers, wide receiver Mike Wallace and linebacker Corey Nelson. Martin Frank, USA TODAY, "Eagles training camp questions: What can defending champs expect from Carson Wentz?," 4 July 2018 Also, the Steelers's wide receiver has talked about his love of breakfast on social media, and shared plenty of meal pics with his fans. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Get All 'The Masked Singer' Spoilers You Could Ever Want," 10 Jan. 2019 By Darren Gaines, a wide receiver on her college’s football team. Aya De Leon, The Root, "The Takedown," 22 Apr. 2018 Not too long ago, the idea of getting moved to wide receiver would offend Jackson to the point of him refusing to run the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "After mentoring Michael Vick, new Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban getting Lamar Jackson up to speed," 13 July 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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