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What is the difference between a strong safety and a free safety?




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Asked by Footballguru, Last updated: Jan 12, 2021

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Answered Aug 19, 2018

A strong safety plays on the side the tight end aligns on offense and is used as a run stopper on running plays and usually plays guards the tight end on passing plays where the free safety is responsible for helping the corners on the deep routes.

The side the tight end lines up on is considered the strong side and guarded by the strong safety. This is usually on the right side of an offensive formation for a right handed QB and flipped for a left handed QB.
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