strong safety


Definition of strong safety

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Wilson’s emergence in the back half of last season should, in my opinion, earn him a shot to enter 2021 as the starting strong safety. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 potential safety targets for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2021 NFL draft," 17 Feb. 2021 Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll said the strong safety suffered a right shoulder injury during the fourth quarter and did not return to the game. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks rally for a win over the San Francisco 49ers: 10 studs and duds," 3 Jan. 2021 On his first pass attempt of the game, the Packers showed pressure with the free safety, who bailed late while the strong safety came with pressure. Jeff Nowak,, "Who is Jalen Hurts? Here's what Saints could see from Eagles' new QB in Week 14," 11 Dec. 2020 Tarvarius Moore, the backup free safety, became the starting strong safety. Eric Branch,, "More of Tarvarius Moore a positive for 49ers’ defense," 16 Nov. 2020 As Malcolm Jenkins rounds the home stretch of his stellar playing career, the resume for the 32-year-old New Orleans Saints strong safety continues to grow. Larry Berger, USA TODAY, "Malcolm Jenkins wants more from NFL: 'Tokenism really doesn’t mean that much'," 16 Oct. 2020 That puts the third-year junior strong safety in command of the Spartans’ defensive backs as the transition from Mark Dantonio to Mel Tucker continues. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Xavier Henderson is Michigan State's unquestioned leader in secondary. Who starts with him?," 2 Oct. 2020 The Bengals strong safety was a limited participant in Wednesday’s session. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Bengals' Fred Johnson expected to get second-straight start at right guard," 24 Sep. 2020 Cash has returned to practice but is being eased back into service -- as not to aggravate the injury and cause a relapse – with Miller expected to maintain the starting strong safety spot for at least one more game. Evan Dudley, al, "'Just more fun’: How Damon Miller took hold of safety role," 16 Oct. 2020

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Strong safety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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