It widely has been assumed that the movement of the kickoff point from the 30 up to the 35 will result in roster decisions that place decreased value on guys who can perform on kickoff coverage and kickoff return units. Though that may be true in some cities, it won’t be the case everywhere.
Rams G.M. Billy Devaney, in a Wednesday visit to PFT Live, said that his team won’t approach the crafting of a roster any differently than in past years.
It’s a smart move. The kickoff play will continue to be used, and there’s no guarantee that every kickoff will result in a touchback. Thus, teams will need players who are adept at and comfortable with this specific phase of the game.