An offensive position in football who are eligible to receive forward passes and are split out wide near the sidelines. There are various versions of a wide receiver including the split end who lines up on the line of scrimmage, the flanker who lines up a few yards behind the line of scrimmage, the slot receiver who lineup between the split end and flankers and the lineman and the slot back who lineup in offensive backfield.
Also referred to as "Wide Outs."
A wide receiver that plays as a split end is also referred to as an X receiver. When a wide receiver plays as a flanker he is also referred to as a Z receiver. The wide receiver will be lined up in the same fashion whether as a split end or a flanker. The only difference is as a flanker the wide receiver will be behind the line of scrimmage instead of on it. These receivers are key players in almost all passing plays. They are the most agile and fastest players in the game. During passing plays the wide receiver will attempt to avoid, out smart and plain out run the players on the opposing team to gain as much distance on the field.