A quick, short passing route in football in which a receiver runs at a 45-degree angle up the field to the gap between the linemen and linebackers.
A typical feature of the "West Coast Offense", the slant route is a popular pattern run by receivers in professional football. The receiver taking the route will immediately angle in towards the open field between the defensive line and linebackers. This is one of the most basic routes in football and is optimal for short gain or for when linebackers are playing further back from the line. The object is for the receiver running the slant to receive a completion quicker than any coverage can react to break it up. A team will often run an offensive scheme with multiple slants in short yardage situations, especially against man defense to open up a route for a short yardage gain.