The NFL For Rookies – Player Positions – Special Teams

Athletes are key to any sport, so let’s take a look at all player positions in an NFL roster. Squads are split into three sections: offence, defence and special teams.

Our focus will be on the main positions to familiarise you with the most important aspects of enjoying the game. As you watch games, you will immediately understand more of what you are watching. The rest will come with experience and perseverance.

Here we look at special teams and the important roles they play in an NFL football team.

Special teams handle kick offs
Every game starts with a kick-off. One of the tasks fulfilled by special teams players.

Three Main Tasks for Special Teams

  • Kickoffs and kick-off return.
  • Punts and punt return.
  • Field goal and extra-point attempts.

There are eleven players fielded per team during special team plays but we are focusing on three main positions.

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