line·​back·​ing | \ ˈlīn-ˌba-kiŋ \

Definition of linebacking

: the action or art of playing linebacker

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Other linebacking options could include University of Cincinnati product Connor Barwin, Tennessee's Avery Williamson and Philadelphia’s Nigel Bradham. Jim Owczarski,, "Free-Agency Questions: Which big-name free agents are available for the Cincinnati Bengals?," 8 Mar. 2018 The onus is on this new-look defensive line to make a substantial jump, and to relieve the pressure on a shaky and unsettled linebacking core. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Colts: In new scheme, Tarell Basham gets his chance to flourish," 10 June 2018 Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry could herald the passing of the torch in the linebacking corps. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL draft grades 2018: Which teams had best, worst classes?," 28 Apr. 2018 That high-risk, high-reward approach requires stable linebacking behind it. 32. Andy Benoit,, "Ranking the NFL's Neediest Teams," 9 Feb. 2018 Barge, Cole and Yancey (a junior-college All-American last year) could be among the best linebacking units in the Sun Belt. 5. Creg Stephenson,, "5 takeaways from South Alabama's 2018 spring practice," 16 Apr. 2018 Video by Dave Birkett/DFP The Detroit Lions spent the early part of free agency overhauling their linebacking corps. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' overhaul at LB done to complement Jarrad Davis," 12 Apr. 2018 While the linebacking corps is getting an upgrade with the trade for Alec Ogletree, Gettleman could continue looking elsewhere, perhaps plucking Nigel Bradham from the Eagles. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFC free agency preview: Advice for every team on players to target," 8 Mar. 2018 While the secondary remains mostly intact from last season, the Lions did reshape their linebacking corps with two additions Tuesday. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "With Nevin Lawson back, Detroit Lions secondary has familiar look," 13 Mar. 2018

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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