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American Football: Meet the Offensive Players

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In American football, you can substitute as many players as you want as long as all your team members will equal to eleven. That is why it is important for you to know which ones to have when your team is playing as the offense or the defense team. Gridiron is a rough sport. So being a two-way player is not only impractical but inefficient too. The offensive team is the set of players who will try to make a touchdown. And when they do, they can try to earn extra points using their special teams. If you are in this team you could be:

  1. Quarterback- He is considered to be the field general who briefs the team of the offensive strategy while they’re in a huddle. The game ball begins once the quarterback receives the snap from the center player. Quarterbacks are assigned with the numbers 1-19.
  1. Running Back - The fastest players in the field which makes them very useful in a running play. However, due to this important role, he is more prone to injuries than any other player. That is why it is very important for the to find holes in the defense to avoid having knee injuries when they run into a defense line.  They can be easily spotted with the numbers 20-49.
  1. Full Back - Most today’s formations seldom use this player but he can be a great aid for a running back. He is speedier than them so he can be a substitute to run the ball and score. If not he can be a short receiver or take the block of the first linebackers.
  1. Center- Positioned between two offensive guards, this player will start the ball through a snap. He can also act as a team leader who can pull together or instruct the other players of the offensive line.
  1. Offensive Guards- They are two of the biggest team members who are to block running and passing plays and mainly to tackle the defense’s quarterback.
  1. Offensive Tackle- These players can only handle the ball if they got it through a fumble. Otherwise, they can only guard or tackle speed rushers of the defenders. These players are numbered from 50-79.
  1. Wide Receiver- His role is to primarily catch the passes of the quarterback. There are two of them in common formations who position themselves at certain points in the field to make an opening for a pass. They can also act as blockers. However, most wide receivers plainly act as possession receivers, the one that catches the ball, or speed receivers the one that stretches the field coverage.
  1. Tight End- They are extra linemen who can be wide receivers by catching passes or act as blockers near the tackles. Tight ends are very useful substitutes for wide receivers during short-yardage.

Know your strengths if you plan to join the offensive team. Bear in mind that it is not only the quarterback that gets all the fame.