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Ravens still pushing the NFL for bizarre rule change on kickoffs

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The NFL passed a new set of rules relating to Kickoffs last week, with the aim of making one of the most dangerous plays in the game safer for it's players. 

High speed collisions and hits to unsuspecting players from behind have become the staple of the kickoff over the past decade or so, and the new rules have been passed in order to mitigate the frequency with which injuries occur on the play.

Amongst the notable changes are rules restricting running starts by the kicking team and the types and timing of blocks. 

The changes will be reevaluated next offseason to determine their success.

Here's everything you need to know about how the kickoff will be different in 2018.

Despite the drastic changes to the play, it appears as though one team in particular wants even more far reaching change to kickoffs. 

The Ravens are pushing for a rule change that would allow teams to score one point on if their kicker is able to split the uprights on a kickoff. 

Now, that's a fairly drastic proposal that would have a significant impact on games, and it's one that Baltimore has been trying to implement since 2017. 

It's an unlikely change, but it's pretty obvious why they'd want it to happen with Justin Tucker on the roster. The three-time All Pro kicker has arguably the biggest boot in the league, and he's proven in practice multiple times that he can knock it over from over 70 yards.

This monster 75-yarder at the Pro Bowl in January was simply ridiculous and shows exactly why the Ravens would love this rule to come into play.

“A kicker with a strong leg would be in favor of it. The idea would be that if you split the uprights on a kickoff you get a point,” Tucker said on the Dan Patrick Show last year.

Other than the obvious points incentive, going for one point would actually improve player safety and it certainly adds excitement for fans in close games. 

Additionally, it would exponentially increase the value of kickers who can consistently nail one-pointers on kickoffs. Guys like Tucker, Greg Zuerlein, Jake Elliott and Stephen Gostkowski, who all have huge range, could become game winners on a more frequent basis and it would change the outlook on the position forever. 

Still, its highly unlikely that 24 of 32 owners would vote in favour of a rule that only benefits a select few franchises. 

Here's another monster FG from Tucker just as a reminder of how fun this rule would be.

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