wide receiver


Definition of wide receiver

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

Examples of wide receiver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The second-year wide receiver finished with seven catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. Erik Bacharach, USA TODAY, "Tennessee Titans roll Buffalo Bills in first game after COVID-19 outbreak," 14 Oct. 2020 Johnson squatted as Evans throttled down and stopped his feet, creating an opening to the inside for the wide receiver. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "3 observations from rewatching the Chicago Bears’ Week 5 win, including the red-zone defense and what’s next after James Daniels’ injury," 11 Oct. 2020 The veteran wide receiver had zero catches in the loss. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Analysis: Baltimore Ravens defense roughs up Joe Burrow in 27-3 win over Cincinnati Bengals," 11 Oct. 2020 The wide receiver went on to redshirt in his freshman year, before playing in 13 games during the 2018, totaling four receptions for 49 yards. Kyle J. Andrews, baltimoresun.com, "MIAA well-represented in Big Ten football," 10 Oct. 2020 In his sophomore season, the top 2022 wide receiver posted 684 receiving yards and recorded four touchdowns, completing the season with a record of 12-1. Stephen Means, cleveland, "CJ Williams, 2022 WR, is ‘not one to be worried about’ not having a junior season, says coach: Buckeyes Recruiting Roundup," 9 Oct. 2020 No other wide receiver received more than 10% of the team’s target share. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "Did not having Michael Thomas force the Saints to see what else they had at wide receiver?," 8 Oct. 2020 The details were revealed following a hearing on Friday in U.S. District Court in Georgia, where the wide receiver, 21-year-old Dijon Williams, was arrested Sept. 28 on a warrant charging him with first-degree murder while armed. Washington Post, "Georgetown football player set up robbery that led to fatal shooting, D.C. police say," 6 Oct. 2020 The veteran wide receiver was activated from the practice squad this week. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts: TE Trey Burton active against ex-team, Bears," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of wide receiver

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Wide receiver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wide%20receiver. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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