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NFL competition committee is changing catch rule/replay process

The new rule will eliminate factors that used to cause on-field incompletions, per league executive Troy Vincent to the Washington Post.


Kahron Spearman


Per Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the NFL competition committee is committed to changes to football's contentious catch rule "by eliminating provisions related to slight movement of the football in a receivers hands and the going-to-the-ground requirement."

The adjustments may be finalized by Tuesday, for presentation at next weeks annual league meeting in Orlando, per Troy Vincent, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations in a phone call.

We worked backward. We looked at plays and said: Do you want that to be a catch? And then we applied that to the rule. Slight movement of the ball, it looks like we'll reverse that. Going to the ground, it looks like that's going to be eliminated. And we'll go back to the old replay standard of reverse the call on the field only when it's indisputable.

Per ESPN, New York Giants owner John Mara said in February that the competition committee believed some recently debated judgments -- including called non-catches for Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson in 2010 and Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant in 2014 - should've been called catches on the field.

Vincent says the new version of the rule will demand only that the receiver has control of the football, even with slight movement of the football in the receivers hands.

It will also take away the requirement that a receiver who "is in the process of going to the ground while making a catch must maintain control of the football while on the turf to be awarded a legal catch," per Maske.

The ruling will ultimately lead to more official catches and touchdowns, likely driving up scoring across the league.

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