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C
Center
-Offensive lineman
-Performs normal blocking functions
-Snaps the ball
OG
Offensive Guard
-Offensive lineman
-Two players
-Directly on either side of C
-Interior linemen
-Block running and passing plays
OT
Offensive Tackle
-Offensive lineman
-Two players
-Play on the outer side of each OG in a balanced line
-Cannot catch the ball, but can run it
-OT protects the blind side
-Can report to a referee before the snap as an eligible receiver and catch forward passes
-Can catch a forward pass after it's been touched by another player
TE
Tight End
-Offensive lineman
-Play on either side of the OT
-A mix between a blocker and a pass receiver
-Called a slpit end when they move away from the tackle
-Sometimes replaced by a WR in modern formations
WR
Wide Receiver
-Offensive lineman
-Fast, pass-catching specialist
-Occasionally called upon to block
-Can line up at the line of scrimage or in the backfield
-Two types: speed or possession
FB
Fullback
-Offense
-Behind the middle of the line
-Some running, some blocking, some short receiving
-Not always used in modern formations
-Frequently blocks, creates paths for the RB
RB
Running back
-Offense
-Used to be "halfback"
-Carries the ball on most running plays
-Short yardage receiver
QB
Quarterback
-Offense
-Takes the snap
-Throws or runs the ball
DE
Defensive End
-Two players
-Play on the outside edges of the defensive line
-Attack the passer
-Stop offensive runs to the outer edges of the scrimmage ("Containment")
-The faster quarterback goes in the blind side
DT
Defensive Tackle
-Two players
-Side by side linemen between the defensive end
-Rush the passer
-Stop running plays directed at the middle of the line of scrimmage
NT
Nose Tackle
-DT who lines up directly in front of the ball
LB
Linebacker
-Defensive position
-Two or three players
-Plays behind the defensive line
-Performs various duties:
+Rushing the passer
+Covering receivers
+Defending against the run
CB
Cornerback
-Defensive position
-Two or three players
-Cover the wide receivers
-Pick the ball
-Swat it out of the air
DB
Defensive Back
-Any position that is not in the defensive line
+Includes corners and safeties
SS
Strong Safety
-Farthest from the line of scrimmage
-Helps the corners with deep pass coverage
-SS is the larger, stronger safety
FS
Free Safety
-Farthest from the line of scrimmage
-Helps the corners with deep pass coverage
-SS is
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