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In American and Canadian football, offensive tackles (OT, T) are a part of the offensive line. Like other offensive linemen, their job is to block: to physically keep defenders away from the offensive player who has the football. Image File history File links Circle-question. ... Canadian football is a sport in which two teams of twelve players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards (100. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with American football. ... In American football, blocking occurs when one player obstructs another players path with his body. ...


A tackle is the strong position on the offensive line. They power their blocks with quick steps and maneuverability. The tackles are mostly in charge of the outside protection. If the tight end goes out for a pass, the tackle must cover everyone that his guard doesn’t, plus whoever the tight end isn’t covering. Usually they defend against defensive ends. In the NFL, offensive tackles often measure over 6’4” and 300 pounds. PASS - Payments as a Secure Service Transforming commerce over IP by enabling software as a service. ... In American football, the guards are the two players that line up between the center and the tackles on the offensive line of a football team. ... The tight end (TE) is a position in American football on the offensive team. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...


Right tackle

The right tackle (RT) is usually the team's best run blocker. Most running plays are towards the strong side (the side with the tight end) of the offensive line. Consequently the right tackle will face the defending team's best run stoppers. He must be able to gain traction in his blocks so that the running back can find a hole to run through. Designated as the left and right tackles, they begin each play at the line of scrimmage, to the outside of the guards and to the inside of any tight ends or wide receivers that might be in the play. On running plays, they usually push defenders away to clear a path (or "hole") through which the running back can carry the ball. On passing plays, they usually obstruct onrushing defenders from reaching and sacking the quarterback. They are ineligible receivers, meaning they are not allowed to catch passes. The tight end (TE) is a position in American football on the offensive team. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The tight end (TE) is a position in American football on the offensive team. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... In American football, rushing has two different meanings. ... High school running back A running back, halfback, tailback or wingback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... In several forms of football a forward pass is when the ball is thrown from one player to another on the same team, ending closer to the opponents goal line. ... In American football and Canadian football, a quarterback sack occurs when the quarterback is tackled behind the line of scrimmage before he can throw a forward pass. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Eligible receivers are those American football and Canadian football players who are allowed to catch forward passes. ...


Left tackle

The left tackle (LT) is usually the team's best pass blocker. Of the two tackles, the left tackles will often have better footwork and agility than the right tackle in order to counter-act the pass rush of defensive ends. Most quarterbacks are right-handed and in order to throw, they stand with their left shoulders facing downfield, closer to the line of scrimmage. Thus, they turn their backs to defenders coming from the left side, creating a vulnerable blind spot that the left tackle must protect.


A 2006 book by Michael Lewis, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, shed much light on the workings of the left tackle position. The book discusses how the annual salary of left tackles in the NFL skyrocketed in the mid-90's. Premier left tackles are now highly sought after commodities, and are often the second highest paid players on a roster after the quarterback. Michael Lewis (born 1960, New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American contemporary non-fiction author. ...


Notable left tackles currently playing in the NFL include Walter Jones, Jonathan Ogden, John Tait, and Orlando Pace. Walter Jones (born January 19, 1974) is an American football offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks team in the National Football League. ... Jonathan Ogden (born July 31, 1974) is an offensive tackle who currently plays for the Baltimore Ravens. ... John Tait is an offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears. ... Orlando Lamar Pace (born November 4, 1975 in Sandusky, Ohio) is an American football player who currently plays offensive tackle for the St. ...


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The offensive team or offense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage in possession of the ball.
The offensive unit in American football consists of a quarterback, linemen[?], backs, and recievers.
The area from one tackle top the other is an area of "close line play" in which some blocks from behind, which are prohibited elsewhere on the field, are allowed.
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