play-action pass

play-ac·​tion pass

Definition of play-action pass

: a pass play in football in which the quarterback fakes a handoff before passing the ball

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Examples of play-action pass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The play-action pass and run-pass options were working behind those two factors. David Furones,, 23 Nov. 2021 Tucker went for it on fourth-and-1 near midfield and Thorne's play-action pass to Jalen Nailor set up Walker's 8-yard TD run and a 14-13 lead. Larry Lage, ajc, 30 Oct. 2021 Two plays later, Thorne found Hunt wide open on a play-action pass for a 12-yard touchdown. Dustin Dopirak, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Oct. 2021 Kevin Stefanski brought a run-happy offense to Cleveland, which results in a lot of play-action pass opportunities for Baker Mayfield. cleveland, 9 Oct. 2020 Tucker went for it on fourth-and-1 near midfield, and Thorne’s play-action pass to Jalen Nailor set up Walker’s 8-yard touchdown run and a 14-13 lead. Larry Lage,, 30 Oct. 2021 Go for it all, as quarterback Chance Nolan ran a play-action pass then fired a 35-yard pass downfield to Tyjon Lindsey. oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2021 Payton Thorne will light you up with a play-action pass. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, 15 Oct. 2021 Gamez fooled all 11 Cigarroa defenders on a play-action pass and connected with the wide-open Hipolito Salazar in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown, which ended up being the final score of the game. Zach Mason, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of play-action pass

1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Play-action pass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of play-action pass

: a play in which the quarterback pretends to hand the ball to a runner before passing it to another player


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