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Down Lineman

What is Down Lineman?

Any offensive or defensive lineman who begins a play with either one hand or two hands down on the ground.

Sporting Charts explains Down Lineman

Typically, this term refers to a defensive lineman or defensive tackle who is rushing the quarterback. One of the most feared down linemen in the NFL is Julius Peppers. Peppers, who plays for the Chicago Bears, is dominant in sacking the quarterback as well as stopping the run.

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