If you haven't been keeping up on NFL news lately, it's understandable considering the lack of developments. There are, however, some tidbits that worth noting as we continue this never-ending lockout. There are three rule changes/tweaks that should be highlighted.
- First off, the NFL has tweaked the definition of what a "defenseless receiver" really is. Here's how Albert Breer of NFL.com explained this change:
"The first change expands the definition of "defenseless player" in the "unnecessary contact" rules. Added are the receiver who "has not clearly become a runner," a kicker or punter during a return, a quarterback following a change of possession, as well as a player who takes a blindside block from an opponent "moving toward his own endline" and approaches from the back or side."
- The next change expands the definition of the NFL's "launching" rule. Now, players that move in a forward, upward motion prior to contact are now "launching." Also, players using any part of their helmet are now "launching" as well.
- The final change is the only one I actually support. Now if a defender "grazes" a quarterback's helmet, it is at the discretion of the official as to whether it's a penalty or not.