free safety


Definition of free safety

: a safety in football who has no particular receiver to cover in a man-to-man defense

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Los Angeles Chargers Chargers' free safety Derwin James celebrates after making an interception. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "How Jon Gruden Shaped the NFL Playoff Picture," 28 Nov. 2018 Strong safety Jaquiski Tartt was inactive with a shoulder injury and free safety Adrian Colbert hurt his ankle, forcing a bunch of backups to play significant snaps. Fox News, "49ers lose Garoppolo to possible ACL injury," 24 Sep. 2018 Fitzpatrick will play free safety and can cover the slot plus tight ends. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "Dolphins' top draft objective: Build a defense for the new NFL. Here's how they fared | Miami Herald," 28 Apr. 2018 Your 2018 Cowboys safeties will be, barring a surprise addition in June, Jeff Heath at strong safety and Xavier Woods at free safety. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "The biggest winner from the Dallas Cowboys draft... Jeff Heath? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 30 Apr. 2018 In preparation for his third season as the Huskies’ starting free safety, Taylor Rapp this offseason studied film of Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald, two of the NFL’s most feared defensive players. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "UW safety Taylor Rapp has long been wreaking havoc in the secondary. Now he’s doing it in the backfield too," 11 Sep. 2018 Coleman can play both strong and free safety, and even though the Saints seem set there with Vonn Bell and Marcus Williams, the team didn’t ink him to a three-year, $18 million deal just to be the old, veteran voice in the locker room. Jonathan Jones,, "NFC South Offseason Report Cards: Bucs, Saints Boost Defense; Falcons Brace for Negotiations with Julio Jones," 26 June 2018 Chancellor, the strong safety, cornerback Richard Sherman and free safety Earl Thomas were the mainstays, though corners Brandon Browner, Jeremy Lane, Byron Maxwell and Marcus Trufant were also key components at various times. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "As Seahawks' Legion of Boom disbands, is it time to anoint it NFL's greatest secondary?," 3 July 2018 Boston, 25, is a play-making free safety who can protect the deep middle in single-high coverages. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "There's no logical reason why 3 of the NFL's best free agent safeties are still available," 9 May 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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