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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Colleges allegedly offered him big money Seals-Jones was a five-star wide receiver recruit in high school. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "Ricky Seals-Jones joins the Browns: 3 things to know about the tight end," 2 Sep. 2019 And Beebe can return to focusing on being a wide receiver. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings sign punter Britton Colquitt, release Matt Wile; Kaare Vedvik claimed by Jets," 1 Sep. 2019 But the Padres are projected to return to form behind standouts such as wide receiver/defensive back Terence Loville and defensive end Nusi Malani, both of whom made the Bay Area Preps HQ Fab Forty preseason player list. Mike Lefkow, The Mercury News, "Bay Area high school football: Games to watch this weekend," 30 Aug. 2019 Alamo Heights wide receiver Aaron Proctor hauled in scoring tosses of 21 and 13 yards from Koby Love to help the Mules vault ahead, but New Braunfels slot receiver Lucas Dorrow had the last laugh. Tucker Stephenson, ExpressNews.com, "New Braunfels scores 24 unanswered to defeat Alamo Heights," 30 Aug. 2019 Avery Garland, 8, of Deerfield Beach, had a solid game as a wide receiver and cornerback. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Lauderhill Lions 8U football squad roaring off to a fast start," 29 Aug. 2019 Like Armstrong, Williams is a former wide receiver who is comfortable splitting out in three- and four-receiver sets. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Jafar Armstrong, Tony Jones Jr. set to lead revamped Notre Dame running game," 28 Aug. 2019 Jacob Snyder, Ramona’s quarterback, conveyed the football to wide receiver Cameron Dingman. Joe Naiman, Ramona Sentinel, "Bulldogs fall to Olympian gridders," 28 Aug. 2019 In one of the first signals that Cleveland was ready to start at least trying to win, Dorsey traded draft picks for three established talents, including wide receiver Jarvis Landry and safety Damarious Randall, on the same day. Sean Gregory/cleveland, Time, "“It's Time.” The Cleveland Browns Are Ready to Start Winning," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of wide receiver

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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