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Comp. comm. elects not to amend catch rule

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2016 – 3:43 pm

The NFL Competition Committee has a bunch of different rule proposals they’ll be considering at the owners meetings to present to the 32 member clubs for approval. One area of the game that won’t be amended however, is the catch rule.

NFL Executive VP of Football Operations Troy Vincent said they took a long look at potentially enacting change, but in the end determined it was best to leave the catch rule in its current form.

“We’ve spent an exorbitant amount of time during the offseason with two committees made up of some of our former players and current players to watch over 100 different clips going back to the Burt Emmanuel days to the infamous Dez Bryant playoff ‘catch,'” said Vincent. “When we sat down with them as well as the league officials we’ve been clear that it’s a three-step process. Possession, two feet down and that time element and the safety element, which is extremely important too. The rule allows us to protect the catcher. So after watching a ton of video and bringing different voices in both current and former, it was unanimous that the three-step process and the way the language reads is appropriate.”


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