The NFL is about to have a new catch rule. The league’s rule-making competition committee is poised to change the controversial rule by eliminating two provisions that were particularly confounding over the years to players, coaches and fans, and by modifying the standard by which catch-or-no-catch rulings are made on instant replay reviews.
“We worked backward,” said Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations. “We looked at plays and said: Do you want that to be a catch? And then we applied that to the rule.”
- Receiver will require that a receiver has a control of the ball; slight movement vie replay will not result in a incompletion
- Eliminate the requirement that a receiving going to a ground maintain control of the ball while on the turf
- Replay standard for overturning will require indisputable video evidence rather than "Clear and Obvious"