Here are the new kickoff rules NFL owners will be voting on at the spring meeting More The NFL’s 32 owners are going to be pretty busy next week when they get together in Atlanta for their annual spring league meeting (May 22-23), and that’s because the group is going to have quite a few things to vote on. First and foremost, the owners will be voting on several rule changes that will affect the kickoff. The kickoff as you currently know it will be going away if all the proposals are passed.
Meanwhile, Bortles is set to enter his fifth season as the Jaguars’ starting quarterback after an uneven season that saw him rank 15th out of 35 quarterbacks by Football Outsiders’ metrics before producing some of the best football of his career during the Jaguars’ final two playoff games. In late February, Bortles landed a contract extension that is scheduled to keep him in Jacksonville through the 2020 season. Maybe by then he’ll learn to take his keys out of his truck.
The timing is fitting for Woods, the 14-time Major champion enjoying something of a comeback. Tiger has overcome a rash of back surgeries to rank as a top-12 finisher in four PGA Tour events in 2018.
Manning, meanwhile, has plenty of time to swing the clubs after walking away from football before the 2016 season.
The NFL is in a tough spot with kickoffs. Good luck finding any fans who are good with it being eliminated. Even though kickoffs have been changed enough so almost all of them seem to be touchbacks, there’s a ceremony and tradition involved.
Maybe it’s the final stand for fans who don’t like changes designed to make a violent sport safer. [ Yahoo Fantasy Football leagues are open: Sign up now for free ] But the NFL has to find a way to make kickoffs safer, somehow. Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy had the strongest statement to date on the issue back in March, when he said kickoffs need to become safer or they will be eliminated. Murphy is on the competition committee.