That’s a catch.
Mention the names Calvin Johnson Darius Leonard Jersey , Dez Bryant, Zach Miller and Jesse James , and what looked, sounded and felt like a catch wasn’t one. If NFL owners pass a proposal from the powerful competition committee, those will be receptions in the future.
According to committee chairman Rich McKay and league officiating director Al Riveron, it’s time.
”We want to take these great catches and make them into catches,” Riveron said Monday at the NFL meetings, where the owners likely will vote Tuesday on the adjustments to the catch rule.
Such phrases as ”slight movement of the ball” and ”surviving the ground” will disappear, and fans, players and coaches will get the fulfilment of knowing what they were sure was a reception actually is.
The committee looked at dozens of plays dozens of times. They discovered that the previous attempts to clarify what is a catch only confused the issue. So much so that the language of the rules was getting in the way of making the proper call.
”Every time, we tried to add language to cure a situation,” said McKay Authentic Ryan McDonagh Jersey , president of the Atlanta Falcons ”and that did not serve us well.
”We felt like the word slight was getting people caught up. It’s really loss of control. If you lose control of the ball, then you haven’t satisfied (the process). If you have movement of the ball but haven’t lost control of it, then you still have it.”
Added Riveron: ”If we see total loss of control, that’s the way we’re going to rule it. But we understand there are situations where the ball is going to move. We have to see loss of control.”
McKay pointed to touchdown receptions by Alshon Jeffery and Corey Clement in the Super Bowl. In both cases, the ball moved a bit in the receiver’s hands. In both cases, though, on-field officials, then Riveron handling the video review, determined there was possession throughout.
”Those are catches,” he said, noting that under current language in the rules, ”the ground trumped everything. It didn’t make a lot of sense.”
The committee examined plays back to the 1990s and early 2000s Kolton Miller Jersey , including a pass to the Jets’ Wayne Chrebet in which McKay said the film was ”so grainy you could barely make it out.” He mentioned Bert Emanuel’s non-reception in the 1999 NFC title game when the tip of the ball touched the ground even though Emanuel had it in his clutches.
The major emphasis on re-examining the rule stems from Bryant’s non-catch in a playoff game at Green Bay. Reconstructing that play through video, Riveron explained how the proposed change will seize logic – in other words, make what should have been a catch into a real catch.
”I think the Dez Bryant was the start of us realizing something needs to change,” McKay said.
Each year, there have been similar examples that made everyone from the guys throwing the ball to the coaches on the sideline to the fans in the stands and on their mobile devices wondering what was going on. When James’ apparent winning touchdown reception against New England was overturned even though the Steelers tight end made a football move to extend the ball over the goal line, it prompted Commissioner Roger Goodell to forcefully endorse seeking adjustments to the rule.
The competition committee heeded such instructions.
So, a receiver must:
-have control of the ball;
-get two feet down or another body part;
-make a football move: taking a third step or extending the ball or something similar.
Gone, Riveron emphatically said, is surviving the ground.
”That’s out,” he said. ”No mas.”
There will, however, be more emphasis on the on-field officiating calls. McKay reminded that game officials overwhelmingly get the calls correct at full speed.
”The rule is a lot cleaner Logan Woodside Jersey , so the answer is yes,” Riveron said, adding that game officials were consulted as the committee worked on the language of the proposal.
Of course, with more catches, there could be more fumbles as receivers try to extend plays and get extra yardage. Riveron has no problem with that.
”If we end up with 10 more fumbles but five of the most exciting plays of the year,” McKay said, ”it’s a trade we’d make any day.”
Notes: No proposals were made nor votes taken regarding the national anthem before games. The owners did focus on implementing the social justice platform with the players and unanimously approved a local matching funds program. Each of the teams will match fundraising proceeds of the players and teams and its players will work together to determine where to allocate the funds in a local market. The anthem discussions will resume and be a main focus of May’s meeting in Atlanta.
Matt Duffy’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth drove in the game’s only run in the Tampa Bay Rays‘ 1-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Duffy drove in Mallex Smith, who doubled with one out and moved to third base on a ground ball.
Diego Castillo (1-0) got his first major league win after pitching two innings of relief.
Ryan Tepera (3-2) pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for the Jays, who were swept in the three-game series and have lost five of six to the Rays this season. It was the 12th time the Blue Jays have scored one run or none this season.
Curtis Granderson had the first three of Toronto’s five hits, leadoff singles in the first, third and fifth innings and was the only runner to reach third base until Smith in the ninth.
With two outs in the Toronto ninth, Aldemys Diaz hit a line drive that was caught by left fielder Johnny Field near the top of the wall.
Toronto starter J.A. Happ Mitchell Trubisky Bears Jersey , who was 3-0 in his five previous starts, gave up one hit and three walks in five innings.
Rays starter Wilmer Font gave up two hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf tightness) will run the bases Thursday and if all goes well could join Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.
Rays: OF Johnny Field was back in the lineup after missing two games with a sprained knee.
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Thursday’s game at New York marks the start of a 16-game stretch in which the Rays will play only the Yankees, Astros and Nationals. ”We’re going to really see what kind of team we have here against the best in the league,” Blake Snell said.
Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 4.33 ERA) will pitch Friday night against the Washington Nationals in the opening game of a five-game homestand.
Rays: LHP Blake Snell (8-3, 2.30 ERA) will start in Thursday night’s opener of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium against Domingo German (0-4, 5.32). Snell is 3-0 with a 0.38 ERA in his past four starts.