down·​field | \ ˈdau̇n-ˈfēld How to pronounce downfield (audio) \

Definition of downfield

: in or into the part of the field toward which the offensive team is headed

Examples of downfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thorne said his biggest areas of adjustment were learning the size and speed of college defenders, and working to keep his eyes downfield when moving out of the pocket. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football's 2020 quarterback competition is just beginning," 23 Dec. 2019 Facing a second-and-5 from Miami’s 38, Mayfield takes the snap and keeps his eyes downfield looking for Landry across the middle or a streaking Beckham deep. cleveland, "Versus a weak Miami defense, what can Cleveland build on and where must Browns improve? -- Film Review," 27 Nov. 2019 Without a heavy rainstorm (as there was against Notre Dame), Michigan should be able to throw downfield more. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football vs. Maryland: Scouting report, prediction," 31 Oct. 2019 The Broncos had marched downfield early in the first quarter, but the drive stalled after they were stopped short on fourth-and-1 at the Cobras 14-yard line. Alex Kushel,, "Kolnick, Palm Beach Central earn fourth straight win," 21 Sep. 2019 The Raiders didn’t throw downfield much in the second half of their loss to the Chiefs with Nelson out and Tyrell Williams dealing with a hip pointer. Matt Kawahara,, "Trent Brown (knee) among Raiders’ injury questions," 20 Sep. 2019 Around the 36th minute, Watson made a sharp outlet pass in his own end and immediately sprinted downfield all the way into the Latin box, ready to receive a cross, though the ball ended up out of play., "At kickoff, Watson lines up at left back, but the senior is a former forward and currently a full-field problem for opponents. Shortly after moving to the back line due to a lack of depth at the position, Watson realized he didn’t need to be limited by the change.," 17 Sep. 2019 In the meantime, Nix has shown an ability to extend plays with his legs when the pocket collapses, buying time while still keeping his eyes downfield looking for open receivers. Tom Green |, al, "Auburn receivers, Bo Nix working to ‘get on the same page’ in scramble situations," 9 Sep. 2019 The ball was moved downfield quickly and when Vertonghen failed to intercept the final pass, Haraguchi sprinted clear. Ryland James,, "Chadli fires Belgium into World Cup's last eight," 2 July 2018

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Downfield.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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sports : into or toward the part of the field toward which a team is headed

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