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Redskins passing less, getting more

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Redskins passing less, getting more

The Redskins offensive attack appears to be coming a bit more balanced.Last year the John Beck and Rex Grossman passed 561 times, the fifth-most in the NFL. Through two games this year, Robert Griffin III has passed 55 times. Twenty six other teams have passed more often. At this pace (small sample size warning) they will attempt 440 passes. Last year only two teams, the 49ers and Broncos, passed less than that.The Redskins, however, are getting more out of their passing game. Their net yards per attempt (factors in sacks) is 8.7, second-best in the NFL. Last year they got an average of 6.0 yards every time they dropped back to pass.Washington has 72 rushing attempts, third in the league. Through their first two games last year the Redskins ran the ball 51 times.The increase of 21 attempts is almost exactly the number of times that Griffin has rushed (20). PerPro Football Focus,13 of Griffins attempts have come on planned runs and seven have been scrambles during pass attempts.On the year, the Redskins ran 400 times (25 timesgame) and passed 591. If you add in sacks as pass plays called you end up with about a 60-40 pass to run ratio. This year its about 45-55. We will see how long that holds up.

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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that allows players to remain in the locker room if they prefer but requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance.

This new policy subjects teams, but not players, to fines if any team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem. 

Teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction separately though. 

The NFL Players Association released it's own statement after the news was made official.

 

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NFL implementing significant changes to kickoff rules in 2018 season

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NFL implementing significant changes to kickoff rules in 2018 season

The NFL is not eliminating kickoffs altogether for the 2018 season. But at the NFL spring meetings in Atlanta, Ga., owners did agree to make significant changes to the third phase of football.

The NFL's new kickoff rules begin with having five players on each side of the ball (previously they could line up six on one side). Also, they cannot line up more than 1-yard from the restraining line, which is the line where the ball is placed on the tee. This prohibits the kickoff team from getting a running start downfield. 

At least two players must be lined up outside the yard-line numbers and at least two players lined up between the numbers and the hash mark. In years past, three players had to be lined up outside the inbounds line with one outside the yard-line number. At least eight players need to be in the 15-yard "setup zone," leaving three players outside of the "setup zone." Before, all kickoff return players had to be behind their restraining line. These changes will place players closer to where the ball is kicked in order to reduce speed and the amount of space on the play. 

Wedge blocks are no longer allowed. Players who were initially lined up in the "setup zone" are the only ones who can now come together for a double-team block. In the past, only 2-man wedge blocks were allowed and could take place on the field anywhere. The purpose of this change is to limit the possible blocking schemes by the kickoff return team. 

No player on the receiving side of the ball can cross the restraining line or block in the 15-yard area from the kicking team's restraining line until the ball is touched or hits the ground. Before, the receiving team could move past their restraining line and block as soon as the ball was kicked. This change gets rid of the "jump-set/attack" block.

Finally, a ball will be considered dead if it's not touched by the receiving team and touches the ground in the end zone. In the past, the ball was dead once it was downed in the end zone by the receiving team. This change means there's no requirement for the kickoff returner to down the ball in the end-zone. 

If that was a lot to dissect, check out the video below. 

In addition to new kickoff rules, ejections are now reviewable. In March, a rule passed that officials can make an ejection after a replay, but not they can also undo an ejection after a replay. 

The league also adjusted the official language for Use of a Helmet rule. 

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