red zone


Definition of red zone

: the area of a football field inside an opponent's 20-yard line

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The 34-year-old Marshall was signed as a free agent in the summer to add depth, experience — and, ideally, at 6-4, 229, an imposing red zone target — to a young receiving corps. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks release veteran receiver Brandon Marshall," 30 Oct. 2018 At 6-foot-5 and 218 pounds, Scott is a player who can go up and make contested catches and also be a big red zone target. Jeff Zrebiec,, "Ravens use their final fourth-round pick on New Mexico State WR Jaleel Scott," 28 Apr. 2018 The Beavers continued their focus on situational work, utilizing much of their time in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 work featuring two-minute drills, red zone and third down scenarios. Danny Moran,, "Jonathan Smith not looking to name starters 'any time soon': Oregon State Beavers spring practice notes," 20 Apr. 2018 The Bears also could consider Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham, who averaged less than 10 yards per catch last season for the first time in his career but remains a viable red zone target, something the Bears lack. Brad Biggs,, "Clues point to Bears surrounding Mitch Trubisky with targets in free agency," 9 Mar. 2018 Tight end Jimmy Graham, a supreme red zone threat, came aboard in free agency and should truly feast in the end zone with No. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Packers training camp questions: Besides Aaron Rodgers' return, why else might Green Bay surge?," 11 July 2018 Gesicki, who played basketball and volleyball in high school, should get the first shot at being the playmaker Miami hasn’t had at that position, the guy who can run the seam route, be a red zone threat and go up high for the ball. Chris Perkins,, "For Dolphins rookie linebacker Quentin Poling, fame is elusive in Gomer, Ohio," 11 May 2018 Enquirer analysis The Bengals capped off the 2018 NFL Draft by taking one more playmaker in Tate, a big, athletic, red zone threat. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Bengals' seventh round (253): Auden Tate, wide receiver, Florida State," 28 Apr. 2018 At a sturdy 6-4 and more than 200 pounds, Sills has the size and body control to own the red zone and pick on smaller defensive backs. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "College football's best wide receivers for 2018," 10 July 2018

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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