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2019 NFL Free Agency: C.J. Mosley, Anthony Barr, and Jordan Hicks lead intriguing group of linebackers

As the NFL becomes increasingly pass heavy, offenses increasingly operate out of three-receiver sets, which makes it increasingly difficult for defenses to regularly trot out three or four linebackers who will get burned by speedier receivers. As a result, the days of the 3-4 or 4-3 serving as the dominant defensive alignment are gone as extra defensive backs who can run downfield have taken on increased importance and roles.

But that doesn’t make the linebacker position unimportant in today’s NFL. In a way, it makes the good ones even more important. 

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