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No, the tackle does not need to be covered up. As long as there are 7 people on the line of scrimmage, it does not matter where they are at. Only the non-lineman players on the line farthest from the ball are eligible. Anyone not on the line is eligible.

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Q: Does an offensive tackle need to be covered by a receiver at the snap of the football?
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