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Kickoff specialist (KOS) is a position in American and Canadian football. Kickoff specialists are members of the special teams. They are responsible to kick the ball in the kickoff. These players tend to have a strong leg, often capable of making touchbacks, but do not have the accuracy or technique required to be a fulltime kicker or punter. Due to modern roster restrictions, most NFL teams do not elect to have a Kickoff Specialist, and instead use their punters or kickers on kickoffs. During the 2009 NFL season, Rhys Lloyd of the Carolina Panthers, David Buehler of the Dallas Cowboys, John Carney of the New Orleans Saints, and Pat McAfee of the Indianapolis Colts are the only players employed solely as a Kickoff Specialist.



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