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quarter back

Defensive back

In American football and Canadian football, defensive backs 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, who take positions directly behind the line of scrimmage.

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

  • Safety
  • Cornerback, which include
    • nickel back, the fifth defensive back in some sets
    • dime back, the sixth defensive back in some sets
    • The seventh defensive back, in the exceedingly rare 'dollar' set
      • known as a dollar back or a quarter back (not to be confused with the offensive player who throws the ball)

The group of defensive backs is known collectively as the secondary.

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