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I have played football my whole life but have a question about what makes a great S compared to a great CB?
The positions seem so similar to me.
Corners are asked to cover receivers primarily. You will see an occasional corner blitz, but their main job is coverage. Safety is the last line of defense, so typically they should be very good tacklers. They are also asked to cover tight ends and backs as well as receivers. So they may need to be more physical than a corner. Safeties also are key in helping in run defense. A safety is almost a smaller version of a linebacker, while a corner who plays on the outside needs to be athletic like receivers.
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