National Football League recommends simplifying language of catch rule

National Football League recommends simplifying language of catch rule

National Football League recommends simplifying language of catch rule

That James play was highlighted yesterday by head of officiating Al Riveron as one of a number of plays that the Competition Committee is going to take a closer look at this offseason as it works to revise the catch rule.

First, the receiver must control the ball.

The new catch rules would eliminate what has become the most troublesome aspect of the current standards. A football move is defined as a third step after catching the ball, or reaching or extending the ball for the end zone or the line to gain, or the ability to attempt reaching the ball to the line to gain.

In March 2015, the league replaced the "football move" criteria for a catch by attempting to clarify what constituted such a move.

Presumably, the new rule will lead to more fumbles being called after the receiver has been ruled to have made a catch.

The rule modifications could be approved by the competition committee as early Tuesday, the Post reported, and owners will meet next week in Orlando to vote on it. Rule changes must be approved by at least 24 of the 32 franchises.

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Also, Riveron has applied the term "survive the ground" to rule on catches during which the player goes to the ground - meaning that a player is required to maintain control of the ball during and after hitting the ground.

Players will not be penalized for not completely maintaing control of the football when they're in the process of going to the ground.

The change would be an elimination of a catch being negated for slight movement of the ball while it is in receiver's possession.

"We were at the point as far as players and particularly coaches who asked, 'Why is that not a catch?'" Vincent said.

"The Dez Bryant play, that'd be a catch" under the new rule, Vincent said, mentioning a series of controversial non-catch calls over the years.

The list of disputed decisions in high-profile games lengthened in 2017, most notably with Riveron's decision to rule overturn Steelers tight end Jesse James' touchdown reception in the decisive sequence of a December 17 game against the Patriots.

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