On Tuesday, the NFL adopted a new rule that will move kickoff up to the 35-yard line. Touchbacks however will still come out to the 20-yard line. The League said it has made the change to try and avoid so many collisions. Yet, football is a contact sport, so the ruling has not been received well by the fans.
In a time where kickoff returns for touchdowns were being less and less rare, it now looks as if they may go extinct. Last year, there were 23 kickoff returns for touchdowns. In 1993, the last time kickoffs took place from the 35-yard line, there were only four.
Broncos second year safety and special teams player Kyle McCarthy weighed in on the subject, saying the ruling will cause more collisions, rather than less. "Does the NFL know by changing the kickoff spot to the 35 yard line," asked McCarthy, "Kickers are just going to kick it higher causing more collisions?" That is a interesting point, but it is more likely however that teams will just boot it out of the endzone every time, not giving the opposing team a chance to return.
- On Tuesday, we noted that the Broncos will most likely be drafting a quarterback in April. A day later, Mike Klis of the Denver Post confirmed that the Broncos interest in the top quarterback draft prospects is indeed genuine.
- Although ESPN Insider Adam Schefter speculated earlier this month that the Denver Broncos could be a potential landing spot for running back Tiki Barber, Denver in fact has no interest in Barber and will not be persuing him.