Q: What are your feelings about the change to the kickoff rule, allowing fair catches?
Brant Boyer: I don’t want to get fined or anything like that, but I’m just hoping they don’t take it out of the game. I think it’s an exciting part of the game and I think there’s going to be a lot of balls on the ground. It’s things that we’re going to have to prepare for, especially in end-of-game situations. I understand what they’re trying to do and we’ll play by the rules and we’ll see how it goes from there. I’ll be readily interested to see if it really does eliminate some returns.
Q: Does it change strategically how you approach the play?
Boyer: Sure, I think there’s a lot of variables that can go into all that stuff, so it’ll change it for sure. I think there’s going to be a lot of balls on the ground.
Q: Is there anything you can take away from college football?
Boyer: I think there is some, a little bit, but I mean, you have coordinators in this League that are going to try to take advantage of it in every situation like we all do. I think those are studies that we’re going to have to do and find out what’s going to work best and find out what we want to do in those situations. I think that’s a good question, but it’s definitely something that everybody’s going to study for sure.
Q: Did you start doing some things related to the new kickoff rule in OTAs?
Boyer: I don’t do much scheme stuff right now. I parcel everything, to be honest with you. I don’t do fulfilled scheme stuff as of right now. I’ll start saving some of that for training camp, but it’s more individual work, trying to get them good at the fundamentals of the game, because if you don’t have your fundamentals, you don’t have anything.
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