Adam Vinatieri thinks kickoff changes will be for the better

The NFL will be voting on proposed changes to kickoffs at next week’s league meetings and the league’s longest-tenured kicker shared some of his thoughts about the alterations.
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Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri was a guest on The Rich Eisen Show on Thursday and said that he’s for any rule change that makes the game safer. That’s the intent of the proposed rule changes, which eliminate running starts for the coverage team and wedge blocks as well as limiting the area where blockers on the return team can initiate contact.

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