free safety


Definition of free safety

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

Examples of free safety in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While it cannot be ruled out that either of these players gets a look at free safety at some point, neither has been openly discussed as headed that way yet. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 7 July 2021 Since joining Pittsburgh for the third contest of the 2019 season, Fitzpatrick has started every game – 30 regular season and one postseason – at free safety. Mark Inabinett |, al, 6 July 2021 So did a couple of junior starters: free safety Caden Sterns, a former Steele High School star, and jack linebacker Joseph Ossai. Nick Moyle,, 20 Dec. 2020 With Fitzpatrick as their free safety, the Steelers had one of the stingiest defenses in the NFL in 2020. Mark Inabinett |, al, 6 July 2021 Although Ohio State has zeroed in on the No. 4 and 5 safeties in the class, Zion Branch and Xavier Nwankpa, for free safety and bullet (a hybrid linebacker-safety position), the coaching staff likes Williams’ versatility. cleveland, 2 July 2021 Moore, a 2018 third-round pick, has made 13 career starts between both strong and free safety, and also played cornerback in his career. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 June 2021 Smith, a receiver-free safety, has scored 15 touchdowns, including three touchdown catches last week against Granada Hills. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 Moehrig is a pure center-fielding free safety, who possesses great range and a knack for finding the football (seven interceptions in 34 games. Omar Kelly,, 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of free safety

1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Free safety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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