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What a year it will be in the NFL. If we are able to have a season there are now quite a few rule changes to understand and know about, a couple or which seem like potential game changers.
The biggest rule change, at least in my opinion is that the league will now allow three players to be designated to return from the injured reserve.
While it is only a one player increase, it could serve potential playoff teams with a huge end of season roster move. We have not heard if the rules remain the same regarding the player being on the initial 53-man roster after the preseason, but assuming that it is, this could be a potentially game changing move.
The second big change is that we will no longer see the offensive teams benefit from pre-snap penalties to run down clock. This was something that became a staple or the Tennessee Titans last season, that will be gone.
One potential annoying rule being kept is replay expansion from last year. Meaning scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any successful or unsuccessful try attempts are automatically replayed. Guess the games need to be longer.
Finally, a rule that has been years in the making helping defenseless kick and punt returners. Meaning they have to have time to make a move after the catch. I’m interested to see this one and how it will change the impact of punt returns.
What rule change do you think could be the most impactful this year?