New NFL kick-off rules: A game-changer for Rees-Zammit?

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Louis Rees-Zammit's NFL prospects boosted by new kick-off rules, potentially aiding his transition from rugby to American football.

Louis Rees-Zammit, the, could see his pursuit of an American football career aided by a radical new rule change in the NFL.

The new format, pioneered by the now-defunct XFL spring league in 2020, shifts the kick coverage players and blockers, and imposes penalties for kicks that fail to reach the designated “landing zone.” These tweaks are expected to reinvigorate the kick-off play and increase the value of talented kick-off returners.

Returning kicks will allow Rees-Zammit to utilise his athletic gifts and field vision without being overburdened by offensive schemes and route-running techniques. As a dynamic playmaker in Wales’ back three, Rees-Zammit has the skills to excel in this role, such as fielding kicks, spotting seams in the opposing defence, and accelerating through the line.


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