drop back


  1. 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.


  1. 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.

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