drop back

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drop back

  1. (American football) Of a quarterback or other player in the backfield, to take a number of steps back from the line of scrimmage immediately after the snap or hike of the ball, to avoid defenders.
    The Tiger quarterback is dropping back to pass.


drop back (plural drop backs)

  1. (American football) The act by a player in the backfield of dropping back from the line of scrimmage after the hike of the ball.
    With his ankle injury his drop back is not pretty.

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