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NFL competition committee rules Dez caught it

To the dismay of Dallas Cowboys fans nationwide, the NFL's competition committee says previous non-catches, like Dez Bryant's, will be catches going forward.


Kahron Spearman


The NFL competition committee reached a "unanimous" agreement that now says that many of the league's recent highly-debated catch/non-catch disputes will now be called completions.

These include the ruled non-catch of Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant in the 2014 playoffs, as well as a controversial play by Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson in 2010.

I think where we are unanimous [are] plays like the Dez Bryant play in Green Bay, going to the ground, the Calvin Johnson play from a couple of years ago. I think all of us agree that those should be completions. So let's write the language to make them completions.

John Mara
Owner, New York Giants

What should be known, as CBS Sports radio host Amy Lawrence noted, is that Bryant's non-catch ruling was actually correctly interpreted per the 2014 NFL rule set. The league's rules committee is suggesting that the plays similar to Bryant's and numerous others in the duration will now be called completions.

One ancillary benefit to the update in the rule - there will be more official catches throughout the league and would boost scoring as a result. For front offices, it may mean increased value on quarterback and receiver play. 

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