The art of returning kicks in the NFL – part 2

Safety matters, right? And that was the idea of starting kickoffs from the 35-yard line instead of from the 30, to help force teams to down the ball in the endzone for the touchback, starting off the drive from the 20.

Given the added 5 yards, we saw a record-setting number of touchbacks in just the first game of the 2011 NFL season, when the New Orleans Saints visited the Green Bay Packers. However, these young players that return kicks and punts always have something to prove. Their speed, for one, and here is the reason:  Continue reading “The art of returning kicks in the NFL – part 2” The art of returning kick…