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Imagining an NFL without kickoffs

The league is legislating the kickoff out of the game bit by bit, but has anyone ever stopped to consider the ripple effects of that?

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The NFL kickoff is going extinct. A planned extinction and probably a necessary one, but what exactly will the game look like without the kickoff? It would have big implications for the roster, the bottom of it with a slew of specialists who make a final roster just because of their role on kickoffs or returns. And the trickle down effect goes from there. Robert Mays at The Ringer has a good look at the NFL without the kickoff.

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