NFL rule changes: Is Brandon Banks being marginalized?
One of the few bright spots to come out of the 2010 season for the Washington Redskins was the emergence of Brandon Banks as a dangerous kick and punt returner.
Last season, the diminutive Banks came into his own as a special teams threat, averaging over 25 yards-per-kick return and another 11 yards one each punt.
But on Tuesday, the NFL made a change that may have a drastic effect on Banks and other returners like him.
ESPN reports that the league voted to move kickoffs from the 30-yard line to the 35, effectively making touchbacks more likely and potentially reducing the chances players like Banks would have to make explosive plays.
Those game-changing moments include the 96-yard kickoff return Banks had for a touchdown on Oct. 31 against Detroit.
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