Would they lose all feel for effective route running as they go against nickel corners? Would they forget how to catch altogether?
I guess what I'm asking is, what physical skill-set is unique to slot receivers?
We can't resign Nicks and Cruz unless Eli sheds some money. He jumps from 10M to 20M against the cap this year. I actually would consider Cruz over Nicks because Randle is more of a Nicks mould and most likely will be a much healthier athlete. Nicks is a beast though when healthy. Tough situation.
People can't name 3 really good slot receivers because imo, they're for the lack of a better term - non-descript. Slot guys aren't getting the money for a reason. They just aren't as valuable or are easier to find and replace.
To put it in real life terms. If I need to drive 1 mile to the parking lot every day for work and I'm short on money. Do I buy a Toyota or a Ferrari. The Ferrari will get me their faster and has some other perks, but the Toyota will do the job well enough. You go with the Toyota.
(Slots like Cruz and Welker are not though).
And if you look at this list you will see that 1000+ yards for an outside receiver is the norm now.
Cruz plays outside as well as the slot, though. Bit unfair labelling him a pure slot guy.
Smith was a possession receiver, he could play the slot, but didn't have the speed to be a full time slot receiver like Hawkins, Harvin, Cruz, etc.