Definition of backfield in English:

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backfield

Pronunciation: /ˈbakˌfēld/

noun

American Football
1The area of play behind either the offensive or defensive line.
Example sentences
  • The team is in a state of flux at two spots: the offensive line and the defensive backfield.
  • He made three tackles in the Buc backfield and two more at the line of scrimmage.
  • To use four wide receivers, the Chargers took some basic pass protection away from the line of scrimmage and the backfield.
1.1The players positioned in the backfield.
Example sentences
  • He has shown the versatility throughout his career to play any position in the defensive backfield.
  • After taking a handoff deep in the backfield from the quarterback, the tailback picks a hole based on the blocking in front of him.
  • An effective run stuffer, he also can get into the backfield and pressure the quarterback.

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Syllabification: back·field

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