cor·ner·back | \ˈkȯr-nər-ˌbak \

Definition of cornerback 

: a defensive halfback in football who defends the flank

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But the Lions return starting safeties Glover Quin and Tavon Wilson from last season, and have the option of playing Quandre Diggs at slot cornerback or safety. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions sign third-rounder Tracy Walker, last of NFL draft picks," 15 May 2018 Among other first-round possibilities were backup quarterback, free safety and cornerback. Chris Perkins,, "Miami Dolphins select Minkah Fitzpatrick with No. 11 pick in NFL draft," 27 Apr. 2018 Biggest needs include, in no particular order, safety, cornerback, interior offensive lineman, running back, tight end, receiver and defensive end. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "One of these 6 players could be a Carolina Panther after round 1 of the NFL Draft | Charlotte Observer," 26 Apr. 2018 The Rams picked up their fifth-year contract options for 2019 on running back Todd Gurley and cornerback Marcus Peters, and the Panthers exercised the fifth-year option on linebacker Shaq Thompson. . . ., "Another sexual abuse scandal rocks Michigan State," 25 Apr. 2018 The Rams agreed last month to acquire cornerback Marcus Peters in a trade with Kansas City, and Los Angeles also used its franchise tag on safety Lamarcus Joyner. Greg Beacham,, "AP Source: Rams Trade LB Alec Ogletree To Giants For 2 Picks," 7 Mar. 2018 When in base coverages, there’s a more level-headed, workmanlike approach from the cornerbacks, both of whom live in Winnetka. Steve Reaven,, "Carson Kosonovich, Donovan Perkins still shutting the door in New Trier secondary," 14 July 2018 The cornerback, a Westlake High School graduate, played in nine games for the Bengals last season. Campbell Lutz, ajc, "NFL veteran ‘Pacman’ Jones assaulted at Atlanta airport, police say," 12 July 2018 Shivers, a cornerback, announced his commitment to San Diego State on Thursday. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Saguaro DB Brandon Shivers commits to San Diego State," 21 June 2018

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1955, in the meaning defined above

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