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[doun-feeld] /ˈdaʊnˈfild/
adverb, adjective, Football.
past the line of scrimmage and at or toward the goal line of the defensive team:
He sent his receivers downfield. Downfield blocking is important on passes.
Origin of downfield
1940-45; down1 + field Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Therefore, police try to park close to the road and detect vehicles far downfield.
  • Is a hustler who is willing to make downfield blocks.
  • Hasn't proven a consistent ability to run precise routes or block downfield.
  • The duo open many games with a downfield shot in efforts to stretch opposing defenses.
  • Players will catch several cutaways of coaches on the sidelines or quarterbacks marching downfield after a first down.
  • He is more impressive in bump-and-run coverage in the first few yards than he is downfield.
  • Ryan often displayed happy feet in the pocket and often looked hesitant to throw downfield.
  • Increasing the deductible mid year is akin to moving the goal posts further downfield.

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