Skill Position
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Skill Position

Skill positions in gridiron football are the positions that ordinarily handle the ball and are most responsible for scoring points. Offensive players such as quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers are typically considered skill positions,[1][2][3] as are tight ends on occasion.[4]

Skill positions are contrasted with linemen and defensive players.[5] Skill position players are generally smaller than linemen, but they must also be faster and have other talents; such as the ability to throw, handle or catch the ball, avoid tacklers, or read and exploit defensive weaknesses; which are less of a priority for linemen.

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  1. ^ "Definition of skill position in English by Oxford Dictionaries". oxforddictionaries.com. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Savage, Jeff (2004). Play-By-Play Football. Lerner Publications. p. 39. ISBN 0822514494. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Kedia, Ben L.; Jain, Subhash C. (2013). Restoring America's Global Competitiveness through Innovation. Edward Elgar Publishing. p. 348. ISBN 1781005958. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Arthur, Kenneth (August 5, 2014). "Hands That Feed: The NFL's Best Skill Position Players". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Non-Skill Position TD Scorers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved 2017.



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