flanker

noun
flank·er | \ ˈflaŋ-kər \

Definition of flanker 

: a football player stationed wide of the formation slightly behind the line of scrimmage as a pass receiver

called also flanker back

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The selection should particularly excel in the slot – but importantly, also have the ability to play flanker and be crisp on routes and in separating early. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Hectic free agency week? It just sets up draft for Carolina Panthers. Here’s how. | Charlotte Observer," 16 Mar. 2018 MacGinty scooped the ball then tossed a pass to Austin Elite flanker Hanco Germishuy who coasted for an easy sliding try to take the 30-24 lead. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "USA hangs on to defeat Scotland in rugby thriller," 17 June 2018 Barrett was a natural replacement to Stove at flanker and could see some time in the slot, but Hastings offered Auburn a unique skill set. James Crepea, AL.com, "5 questions facing Auburn's offense after spring practice," 12 Apr. 2018 The Panthers also see a ton of potential in last year’s second-round pick, Curtis Samuel, who has the ability to line up at either flanker or in the slot. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Hectic free agency week? It just sets up draft for Carolina Panthers. Here’s how. | Charlotte Observer," 16 Mar. 2018 Schwartz, an accomplished sprinter, will likely be in the slot and either Hill and Williams could end up at flanker or split end, where Auburn has more depth. James Crepea, AL.com, "What Auburn's wide receiver corps looks like without Eli Stove, Will Hastings," 22 Mar. 2018 These moves addressed a need for experienced playmakers at the flanker and slot positions, respectively. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Mock talk: Latest NFL mocks nail Panthers’ post-free agency needs – just not at 24 | Charlotte Observer," 21 Mar. 2018 The junior flanker worked primarily with the first-team offense during the first two weeks of spring practice. James Crepea, AL.com, "Auburn receiver Eli Stove tears ACL," 21 Mar. 2018 Using their own fourth round choice, the Packers selected John Robinson, a 6-2, 196 pound flanker from Tennessee A&I. Getting another Pittsburgh pick in the fifth round, Green Bay selected Steve Duich, an offensive tackle from San Diego State. Bud Lea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jan. 30, 1968: Fred Carr is surprise pick by Packers," 20 Feb. 2018

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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flanker

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flanker

American football : a player on the offensive team whose position is toward the side and behind the line of scrimmage

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