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Difference between slot and WR?

So, some interesting things came up in the Marquis Lee article posted the other day. Some people were saying how Cooks would be more of a slot receiver than a WR. I personally disagree with this because I think he can do it all. However, it got me thinking.

What type of WR shows qualities that shows he will be a slot receiver? Call me naive, but don't they all run routes and catch balls? Does the position of where you line up really make a difference on how you make plays?To an extent. the short answer is yes, because a TE does a lot more than run routes. But a TE in on the OL and a slot receiver is just in between a receiver and the line.

Also, another question for me is, doesn't a slot receiver get less reps in a game? It seems to me that when you play the slot, you are limiting your play to a rather specific type of formation. Maybe that is totally not the case. The slot vs WR is something that I never really understood, as well as Wilson being a (arguably) good NICKEL corner. Doesn't he just cover guys like everyone else.

Also, Is the transition a large step in the NFL? For example, would Kerley have no problem playing WR?

I really came loaded with questions today, so I might as well get this one out of the way too. I've been dying to know this since joining this site, "what is football?"

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