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National Football League competition committee proposing changes to catch rule

National Football League competition committee proposing changes to catch rule

However, the official's interpretation of a "football move" is sure to cause some controversy and the league did not say how it will handle replay challenges.

According to the Washington Post, Troy Vincent, the NFL VP of football operations, said competition committee members plan to propose getting rid of portions of the rule related to a receiver going to the ground while making a catch and to slight movement of the football while it's in the receiver's hands. Riveron's tweet for the first time acknowledged how the NFL would define the "football move", which will measure the amount of time required for possession to be awarded.

A player is considered to be going to the ground if he does not remain upright long enough to demonstrate that he is clearly a runner. Second, it would eliminate the ability to provide defenseless receiver protection in the immediate moments after the ball arrives. The rule defines becoming a runner as, after both of a player's feet are on the ground, "he is capable of avoiding or warding off impending contact of an opponent, tucking the ball away, turning upfield or taking additional steps". "Going to the ground, it looks like that's going to be eliminated".

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Presumably, the new rule will lead to more fumbles being called after the receiver has been ruled to have made a catch. "We talked to fans, coaches and players and we asked the groups, 'Would you like this to be a catch?' It was 100 percent yes". Last season in particular, multiple plays were reviewed and overturned after replays showed the ball moving ever so slightly.

"We worked backward", Vincent said Tuesday.

During a critical late-season game against the New England Patriots, Steelers tight end Jesse James initially appeared to have scored what would have been a go-ahead touchdown from the 10-year line in the final minute of the game. Perhaps, in contrast to the Blount and Ward rules, James' rule will actually empower players further rather than restrict them.


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