The NFL Sets New Definition for Controversial Catch Rule

Catch Rule Details

It has become a huge source of consternation around the NFL amongst players, coaches and fans. New changes to the "catch rule" are coming. NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent says the competition committee is going to propose a new catch rule that would eliminate the "going to the ground" distinction in addition to reinforcing a high standard for overturning calls via replay.The requirements for a catch, under the committee's likely proposal, will include the receiver controlling the ball and establishing himself in bounds. There will also be instruction for officials to define a time element, but it will apply both to receivers who are standing and those who are falling during the process of the catch. Will these rules be helpful or are they still too subjective for officials to get it right?


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