Julio Jones, Austin Hooper Show NFL’s New Catch Rule Is As Confusing As Ever

By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — This past offseason, the NFL “fixed” the crummy old catch rule. Huzzah! There was merriment and wonder across the land.

There was but one minor issue, and that was that the league actually didn’t fix anything. Sure, the league rewrote the language for what constitutes a catch so that Jesse James’ drop and Corey Clement’s Super Bowl bobble would now officially be considered catches. Sweet. But in the process of rearranging their language, they opened the door to a whole new set of confusing and unclear possibilities.

And it didn’t take long at all for those issues to appear in the 2018 season.

The most prominent case Thursday night’s league kickoff game between Atlanta and Philadelphia came early in the third quarter, on the Falcons’ first drive of the second half. On a first-and-10…

Original published: 2018-09-07 11:10:11 Read the full Boston News here


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