Defensive back

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In gridiron football, defensive backs (DBs) are the players on the defensive team who take positions somewhat back from the line of scrimmage; they are distinguished from the defensive line players and linebackers, who take positions directly behind or close to the line of scrimmage. Defensive back_sentence_0

The defensive backs, in turn, generally are classified into several different specialized positions: Defensive back_sentence_1

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  • Safety:Defensive back_item_0_0
    • Free safety – most often the deepest safetyDefensive back_item_0_1
    • Strong safety – the bigger, more physical safety, much like a small, quicker linebackerDefensive back_item_0_2
  • Defensive halfback (Canadian football only)Defensive back_item_0_3
  • Cornerback – which include:Defensive back_item_0_4
    • Nickelback – the fifth defensive back in some sets, such as the nickel formationDefensive back_item_0_5
    • Dimeback – the sixth defensive back in some sets, such as the dime formationDefensive back_item_0_6
    • The seventh defensive back, in the exceedingly rare "quarter" set, but often strongDefensive back_item_0_7
      • known as a dollar back or a quarter back (not to be confused with the offensive player who throws the ball)Defensive back_item_0_8

The group of defensive backs is known collectively as the secondary; being the second line of defense against the run after the linemen and linebackers, and the main line of defense against the pass. Defensive back_sentence_2

They most often defend the wide receiver corps; however, at times they may also line up against a tight end or a split out running back. Defensive back_sentence_3


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