NFLDesign Change

Tweaks rule defining catch

24 Mar, 2015

The NFL adjusts the rule defining a catch. Rather than simply make a “football move,” a¬†receiver must establish himself as a runner in the field of play, having control of the ball and both feet in bounds.

Once you go down that path, it becomes more subjective. What is, what isn’t a football move. We’re not talking about a lot of plays over the course of the five seasons since the Calvin Johnson play. This allows us to consistently officiate the rule.

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