ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that kickoffs will be moved from the 30-yard line to the 35-yard line next season. Touchbacks will continue to be returned to the 20-yard line.
This appears to be the modified proposal that we reported on this morning. In that proposal, the two-man wedge would still be allowed. The competition committee initially wanted to eliminate the wedge and have touchbacks returned to the 25-yard line.
This rule change will still have a big impact on Sundays. There will be far more touchbacks and possibly less need for kickoff specialists. (Then again, you could argue that a specialist that could guarantee a touchback almost every time would be even more valuable.)
We find the rule change a little odd because it came out of nowhere and the league didn’t present a lot of evidence that it will help player safety.
UPDATE: Tw0-man wedges will be allowed.