The result could be one of the most impactful changes since the NFL began dealing with its concussion crisis nearly a decade ago.


The newest NFL rule is short and sweet. It is a (15-yard) foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. Don’t spend too long internalizing the language though—it’s likely to change. Originally, the competition committee planned a new point of emphasis in 2018 on helmet shots. The owners responded by asking for an actual rule adjustment.

It’s a substantial change for us, the head of the NFL’s competition committee Rich McKay said after making the announcement.

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Justin Davidovicz is doing an outstanding job with hang time and placement of the kicks, which leads to better coverage,” Ash said last November.

An honorable mention pick to the Big Ten Network All-Freshman team, Davidovicz is expected to handle both the kickoff duty and the placekicking job this fall. His primary competition is Gavin Haggerty, who hasn’t seen any game action through his first three years on campus.

A preferred walk-on who earned first-team All-State honors from NJ.com in 2016 and second-team All-State accolades in 2015, Davidovicz drilled 24 of 34 field goals over his final two scholastic campaigns.

Justin Davidovicz is our guy right now,” Ash said earlier this week. He’s been the most consistent. He’s got a strong leg. Obviously he played a lot last year, handled the kickoffs for us. He practiced placekicking last year, but he’s the guy who’s doing it right now.”

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