I know "spot duty" is used in baseball to talk about spot starters, but what does this term mean in football?

That's the kind of contract typically given to veteran backups (think Nick Bellore, who saw spot duty at linebacker and fullback for the Lions last year), and puts him squarely behind Wiggins in the offensive line pecking order. (Detroit Free Press)

Tebow not thrilled with spot duty (NBC Sports)

"Spot play" also appears in the same NBC article:

I think spot play is fun because you’re in different roles, but at the same time it’s hard to get a feel. Sometime even if it’s just a few plays on a drive, it gets easier. Sometimes that’s the harder part of spot playing, but it is fun. I just love playing period.

What do "spot duty" and "spot play" mean?

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    It pretty much means occasional.
    – J.R.
    Jul 4, 2018 at 17:30

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It pretty much means occasional. – J.R.♦

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