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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WestCare's free gun locks are available at the Harambee Community Center, 335 W. Wright St. Volunteers plan to go door to door offering the free safety devices near North 46th Street and West Concordia Avenue where the Tuesday shooting occurred. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After shooting deaths of two kids, community activists focus on gun safety," 19 June 2019 March 16, 2018 For the season, Reid logged 13 starts at three positions (free safety, strong safety and linebacker) with 67 tackles and two interceptions. Christopher Dabe,, "Eric Reid says NFL owners won't sign him because of national anthem protests," 16 Mar. 2018 Tedric Thompson started 10 games at strong safety while Delano Hill started two games at free safety in 2018., "Former Oregon Duck Ugo Amadi one of 10 questions at the Seattle Seahawks’ mandatory minicamp," 10 June 2019 After earning the starting free safety job in camp as a rookie, Jackson took a while to make an impact. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 81, Eddie Jackson," 17 June 2019 That group included inside linebackers Fred Warner (knee) and Kwon Alexander (knee), free safety Jimmie Ward (collarbone) and cornerback Jason Verrett (Achilles). Eric Branch,, "Top draft pick Nick Bosa a natural for 49ers: talented and injured," 13 June 2019 In early May, the N.F.L. Players Coalition hosted a candidate forum, moderated by the Patriots free safety Devin McCourty, in Astoria. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "Tiffany Cabán’s Feminist Coalition," 4 June 2019 Once Thomas was lost for the year with a broken leg suffered late in week four against Arizona, Seattle went with second-year player Tedric Thompson at free safety and McDougald at strong safety. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "2019 figures to mark the true transition for Seattle secondary from the Legion of Boom," 19 Feb. 2019 The Browns appear set to move Randall to free safety after spending his career to this point at cornerback. Dan Labbe,, "Browns exercise fifth-year option on safety Damarious Randall," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of free safety

1958, in the meaning defined above

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