strong safety


Definition of strong safety

: a safety in football who plays opposite the strong side of an offensive formation

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Once Thomas was lost for the year with a broken leg suffered late in week four against Arizona, Seattle went with second-year player Tedric Thompson at free safety and McDougald at strong safety. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "2019 figures to mark the true transition for Seattle secondary from the Legion of Boom," 19 Feb. 2019 The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder is a big hitter who flies to the ball and projects either as a rover (Michigan’s equivalent of a strong safety) or a viper. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football recruiting: Several top prospects still uncommitted," 2 July 2018 Age: 24 2017 stats: 55 tackles, interception, 6 passes defensed Kindred is a strong safety who played well against the run last season but struggled in coverage., "Cleveland Browns predraft depth chart: Cornerback," 11 Apr. 2018 Acemoglu thinks this might be due to Germany’s stronger safety net. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Robot Reality Check: They Create Wealth—and Jobs," 30 Nov. 2018 The Eagles have Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod returning, but neither is guaranteed a job beyond 2018 and Harrison can seemingly step into either the free or strong safety role., "Which player will the Eagles pick at No. 32?," 25 Apr. 2018 Potential role in 2018: If Earl Thomas is with the Seahawks then McDougald is projected to be the starting strong safety. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Ranking the Seahawks’ roster: Who makes our top 10?," 22 July 2018 Free safety Earl Thomas, who's entering the final year of his contract, was a no-show this offseason, while strong safety Kam Chancellor is still awaiting medical clearance to return for his ninth season in the aftermath of a neck injury. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Seahawks training camp questions: Will Russell Wilson finally have help?," 19 June 2018 The three biggest catches are former Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal, former Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander and ex-Mississippi State strong safety Brandon Bryant. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Cardinals could be players in NFL supplementary draft because of available defensive backs," 10 July 2018

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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