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Officials in next week as Bucs work to understand new rules changes

Helmet rules, changes on kickoffs will be a focus as Bucs have NFL officials to talk to players Tuesday.
Last year's NFL rules instruction for the Bucs came from Ed Hochuli, and they'll have more to learn next week with a full crew of officials in town.
(GREG AUMAN | Times)
Last year's NFL rules instruction for the Bucs came from Ed Hochuli, and they'll have more to learn next week with a full crew of officials in town. (GREG AUMAN | Times)
Published Jul. 29, 2018

Keeping up with an offseason of key changes in the NFL rulebook will be a focus in the upcoming week as the Bucs make sure players understand new rules relating to helmet contact and changes on kickoffs.

"We've already watched about 100 videos on it," coach Dirk Koetter said after Sunday's practice. "It's a huge part of it. On top of that, we'll have a full crew of officials here all next week. The officials on Tuesday will go over the new rules video with the team with five days to work with them."

Koetter said some of the details on the new kickoff rules have "still a little gray" and the interaction with officials should help with that. Teaching players what is and isn't allowed with tackling and helmets is a priority.

"I think it's a great rule, but it's also a collision sport," Koetter said. "Anything to try to help the players be safer is  good. We have to see how they're going to enforce it. The ones that are shown on the video are obvious ones that anybody could see: 'Hey, we don't want that.' They want the players to keep their head up and see what they hit. It happens so fast. The refs have a tough job."

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