back·​field | \ ˈbak-ˌfēld How to pronounce backfield (audio) \

Definition of backfield

: the football players whose positions are behind the line of scrimmage also : the positions themselves

Examples of backfield in a Sentence

a tackle made in the backfield The team has a strong backfield.
Recent Examples on the Web Without Burkhead, the Patriots have Damien Harris, Sony Michel, James White, Brandon Bolen, J.J. Taylor, and fourth-round pick Rhamondre Stevenson in the backfield., 1 June 2021 Hey, Mary Kay: What are the chances of Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb in the backfield together at the same time? cleveland, 30 May 2021 There has been speculation that Tebow could be a goal-line and short-yardage quarterback or even line up in the backfield alongside Lawrence. Mark Long,, 27 May 2021 Drew Powell led the Rattlers down to the 1, but Darrell Monroe was hit in the backfield for a loss, and a holding penalty pushed the Rattlers back with 40 seconds left. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 22 May 2021 There were 996 snaps that went to wide receivers not including Robinson and Mooney last season and excluding Cordarrelle Patterson, who was on the field for 201 plays but lined up in the backfield a fair amount. Brad Biggs,, 22 May 2021 Davis relies on his quickness, speed and strength to get around tackles and make plays in the backfield. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2021 New coach Urban Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke had several other options in the backfield. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 17 May 2021 On one hand, the Steelers needed to replace James Conner and add a dynamic, pass-catching weapon in the backfield. C.j. Doon,, 30 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of backfield

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backfield was in 1897

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6 Jun 2021

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“Backfield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of backfield

American football
: the area of the field that is behind the line of scrimmage
: the players who line up behind the line of scrimmage


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