strong safety


Definition of strong safety 

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

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Chancellor has also been the team’s primary strong safety since 2011. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks safety Earl Thomas holdout FAQ," 10 June 2018 Some significant players who were drafted in the fourth round include tight end Owen Daniels, strong safety Glover Quin, running back Domanick Davis (fourth) and center Ben Jones. John Mcclain, Houston Chronicle, "Texans look for hidden gems on final day of draft," 28 Apr. 2018 With both Thomas and Chancellor out during OTAs, Seattle’s starting safeties have been Bradley McDougald at free safety and Delano Hill at strong safety. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks safety Earl Thomas holdout FAQ," 10 June 2018 Chancellor, the strong safety, cornerback Richard Sherman and free safety Earl Thomas were the mainstays, though corners Brandon Browner, Jeremy Lane, Byron Maxwell and Marcus Trufant were also key components at various times. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "As Seahawks' Legion of Boom disbands, is it time to anoint it NFL's greatest secondary?," 3 July 2018 Six-foot-3, 225 pound former quarterbacks aren’t supposed to convert to strong safety and bludgeon the NFL — but somehow Chancellor did. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Kam Chancellor’s legacy with Seahawks will be one of intimidation, big hits," 1 July 2018 March 16, 2018 For the season, Reid logged 13 starts at three positions (free safety, strong safety and linebacker) with 67 tackles and two interceptions. Christopher Dabe,, "Eric Reid says NFL owners won't sign him because of national anthem protests," 16 Mar. 2018 The starting strong safety landed on injured reserve in Week 16 with a groin injury. Herbie Teope,, "Saints' Wild-Card round injuries: Andrus Peat suffers broken fibula," 8 Jan. 2018 He would be classified as the strong safety if using those terms. Zach Berman,, "Eagles make a change to training camp schedule | Early Birds," 26 June 2018

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