National Football League competition committee is changing catch rule/replay process

National Football League competition committee is changing catch rule/replay process

With these two proposals in effect, the requirements for a catch will be that the receiver must gain control of the football while in bounds and officials will be instructed to define a time element of the catch, but it will apply to all receivers, whether they are standing up or falling to the ground in the process of the catch.

Washington Post writer Mark Maske sent out a series of tweets explaining the concept of "surviving the ground" is going away.

Changes to the National Football League catch rule could result in more fair catches next season and far less confusion about what is and isn't a completed reception. And then we applied that to the rule.

New York Giants owner John Mara told ESPN in February that the competition committee agreed that a handful of highly debated rulings - including incompletions for Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson in 2010 and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant in 2014 - should be called completions moving forward. "Indisputable visual evidence" of an error became "clear and obvious evidence" of a mistaken call. The committee plans to propose the removal of the provisions related to the receiver going to the ground with the football and to the slight movement of the football in the receiver's hands.

This news is sure to cheer NFL fans and players, who have harshly criticized the league's confusing and ambiguous definition of what constitutes a catch.

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"We worked backward", Troy Vincent, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, told Maske in a phone interview.

Questions about the catch rule have circulated for years, and the league has made several attempts to tweak it in recent years.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at the Super Bowl that he wanted the committee to start from scratch in rewriting the catch rule.

The modifications could be presented to the owners of the 32 teams next week in Orlando, Florida, at the NFL's annual meeting.

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