Definition of defensive tackle in English:

defensive tackle

noun

American Football
  • A player positioned at or near the centre of the defensive line.

    ‘the defensive tackles hold their ground, closing a potential hole and allowing the linebackers to make the tackle’
    • ‘You were a defensive tackle in the NFL—your job was to take guys down.’
    • ‘The Florida State defensive tackle certainly seemed to have helped himself with an impressive showing in Mobile.’
    • ‘Some say he's the best defensive tackle out there.’
    • ‘The Bucs' interior offensive line is blowing away the Raiders' defensive tackles.’
    • ‘Playing in the heart of the meat grinder that is the line of scrimmage, defensive tackles are known more for brute force.’