Sometimes I see high-level players throwing some quick-recovery moves like lp/lk/mp on a mid screen which obviously will not hit unless the opponent is dashing forward (if they have a far forward dash) or throwing a long-reaching special moves which extend their hurtbox. Therefore, I think it’s not a footsie.
Why they throw that? For what purpose? Is that a some kind of buffering?
Example: Some Ryu I’ve seen throw far LK (i think) before they throw a fireball. In a mid-far range. Why they go for that instead of cr MK?