screen pass


: a forward pass in football to a receiver at or behind the line of scrimmage who is protected by a screen of blockers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Later in the quarter, UConn tried a screen pass, but Turner threw it right to Marshall’s Damion Barber Jr., who returned it 34 yards for a score. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 19 Dec. 2022 Kansas City made it 28-13 when Mahomes found Watson for the TD one play after Jerick McKinnon gained 34 yards on a third-and-20 screen pass. Josh Dubow, ajc, 24 Oct. 2022 Rodgers hit Romeo Doubs for 20 yards on a screen pass, then converted on third-and-long with a dart to Randall Cobb. Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 18 Sep. 2022 Silvers threw a screen pass to Jontre Kirklin, who then threw the football to wide receiver Deontay Burnett to complete a 49-yard touchdown play with 4:15 left in the first quarter. Mark Inabinett |, al, 12 Mar. 2023 Dalvin Cook rushed for 95 yards and his brilliant 64-yard touchdown after catching a fourth quarter screen pass was the signature play of the comeback. Steve Silverman, Forbes, 18 Dec. 2022 The rookie who already won the Pats a game with his special teams prowess on a walk-off punt return, took a first-quarter screen pass from Mac Jones and outraced the Bills defense 48 yards to the end zone, putting his team up, 7-3. Tara Sullivan,, 2 Dec. 2022 The Cardinals scored a touchdown when Geno Smith threw a screen pass to Arizona linebacker Zaven Collins. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 7 Nov. 2022 Aside from the interception, Micah Bernard dropped a first-quarter screen pass on third-and-14 that looked capable of going for a big gain. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of screen pass was in 1920

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“Screen pass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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