Inside the Gameplan: Nickel play for 2019

Josh Thompson (Will Gallagher/IT)
Josh Thompson (Will Gallagher/IT)

The nickel defender has been one of the most important players in the 21st century. The proliferation of spread tactics made him a focal point and players like Roy Williams and Tyrann Mathieu demonstrated what defenses could do when they had a hybrid playmaker in that role.

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