They are the last line of defense, balancing the risk-reward of going for the ball or the playing it safe and making a touchdown-saving tackle.
Safeties have a lot of pressure on them, but some of the best in the game today are equally adept at pass coverage and run support, giving their coordinators the abilities to mask their intentions in the back end. Today’s best are also young, with only one of our top five older than 27 (Eric Weddle is 30).
The future and present of the position is bright, indeed:
Honorable mention: Jarius Byrd (missed 12 games in 2014 with injury), Harrison Smith, Glover Quin, T.J. Ward, Antoine Bethea.
NFL’s top 5 safeties for 2015
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