cor·​ner·​back | \ ˈkȯr-nər-ˌbak How to pronounce cornerback (audio) \

Definition of cornerback

: a defensive halfback in football who defends the flank

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Law enforcement officials are looking to speak with the older brother of New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins after a dead body was found inside the football player’s New Jersey home Tuesday. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "NFL Cornerback Janoris Jenkins’ Brother a ‘Person of Interest’ After Body Found in Jenkins’ New Jersey Home," 27 June 2018 The Panthers’ second-round pick and former LSU cornerback arrived in Charlotte on Thursday and will begin his NFL career in earnest this weekend during the team’s rookie minicamp. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Donte Jackson: Panthers' second-round pick brings speed and swagger to secondary | Charlotte Observer," 10 May 2018 The former Louisville cornerback and new Green Bay Packer is hoping to hear his name called in the first round, with several mock drafts agreeing with that sentiment. David Harten, The Courier-Journal, "Former U of L cornerback Jaire Alexander struts across the NFL draft red carpet in style," 26 Apr. 2018 Carriere-Williams, UW’s No. 3 cornerback last season as a redshirt freshman, hoped to use spring ball as a springboard to securing a starting spot in 2018. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW cornerback Dontye Carriere-Williams working his way back from injury," 13 Apr. 2018 The former Alabama cornerback had been limited by an ankle injury early in the pre-draft process and then later by a hamstring issue that prevented him from being able to do much aside from get rehab during the final two weeks before the combine. Matt Zenitz,, "Alabama DB 'doesn't get enough love' as draft prospect," 12 Apr. 2018 The Oakland Raiders reached an agreement to sign former Indianapolis Colts cornerback Rashaan Melvin on Friday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "Don't tell Quincy Wilson the Colts need a new No. 1 cornerback," 16 Mar. 2018 But the opposite cornerback position and the featured nickel spot are very much up for grabs. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Most exciting position battle at Panthers' 2018 training camp fueled by competition," 11 July 2018 Linwood Crump shores up the cornerback position after starting six games in 2017. Matt Murschel,, "Temple is No. 50 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 8 July 2018

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1955, in the meaning defined above

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