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Defensive linemen


In American football, players lined up within a yard of the line of scrimmage are called "linemen", while the others (more than a yard away) are "in the backfield". However, in CFL, the defense lines up a yard away from the football. Does that mean there are no "defensive linemen"? Are all defensive players said to be "in the backfield"?

The US NZ is the football.  Our NZ is 1 yard.  B players 1 yard away from the tip of the ball are defensive linemen.  Those further away are other positions.


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