There are eleven offensive players on the field in a football game. Out of the eleven players there are only eight positions because some players play the same position on different sides of the ball. The offensive positions are two guards, two tackles, a center, two wide recievers, a tight end, a half back, a full back, and a quarterback.
There are always two guards on the football field. They play on opposite sides right next to the center. On pass plays it is their job to block the defensive linemen and on run plays they must help make a running lane between the D-line for the RB. Guards typically move around much more than tackles so they have to be agile. Because they are a type of lineman, they have to be huge in order to block and push the other linemen.
The two offensive tackles play next to the guards farther away from the center. They have basically the same responsibility as the guards do on pass and run plays except tackles are typically bigger and slower than guards are so they usually stay in place and block whoever is in front of them.
The center is special type of lineman. As his name implies, the center is the center of the offensive line and the other O-lineman line up off of him. He has one of the most important jobs on the football field, he has to snap the ball into the quarterbacks hands. If this isn't done correctly, the quarterback could fumble the ball and the play would be a waste. Centers are usually about the same size as the guards.
There are usually two wide recievers on the field. There only job is to catch the ball when the quarterback throws it to them. The ideal wide reciever would be tall, fast and a good route runner. Height is an advantage because a tall reciever can easily catch a ball over a short D-back.
The tight end has two different responsibilities. He lines up on either the right or left end of the line depending on the play call. On run plays he usually blocks for the runnning back, on pass plays he usually breaks free to run a route. Tight end is the only position that both blocks on the line and catches passes.
In a typical "I" form offense the half back, full back and quarter back form an "I" behind the center by lining up in a straight line behind him. The half back is the back who is farthest back from the center. He is the main running back. Half backs must be fast, agile and able to break tackles. On pass plays the half back usually backs up the line and blocks whoever gets through. Half backs and full backs are know as the running backs or RB's
The full back is the second farthest back from the center in the "I". He is usually a well built strong player who is good at blocking. The full back lead blocks for the half back on most run plays. When only a few yards are needed, the full back usually runs a "dive" and gets the hand off and then dives to get the first down. Full backs are typically larger than half backs because they have to block more often.
The quarter back is the leader of the offense. He makes the descisions on the field such as who to throw the ball to, and when to snap the ball. The quarter back calls the play in the huddle and is responsible for controlling the offense.
Offensive Page This Page
Football Pictures Page