Football Offensive Positions
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The leader of the team. He calls the plays in the huddle, yells the signals at the line of scrimmage, and then receives the ball from the center. Then he either hands off the ball to a running back, throws it to a receiver, or runs with the ball.
The player who snaps the ball to the quarterback. He handles the ball on every play.
Running back (RB)
A player who runs with the football. They also are referred to as tailbacks, halfbacks, and wingbacks.
A player who is responsible for blocking for the running back and also for pass-blocking to protect the quarterback. They are generally bigger than running backs, and are short-yardage runners.
Wide receiver (WR)
A player who uses his speed and quickness to elude defenders and catch the football. Teams use as many as two to four of these types of players on every play.
Tight end (TE)
A player who serves as a receiver and also a blocker. This player lines up besides the offensive tackle to the right or the left of the quarterback.
Left guard and right guard (LG and RG)
The inner two members of the offensive line, whose job is to block for and protect the quarterback and ball carriers.
Left tackle and right tackle (LT and RT)
The outer two members of the offensive line.
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