More Rule Changes and Tweaks

MIAMI - OCTOBER 4: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is hit after he passes by Cameron Wake #91 of the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Field on October 4 2010 in Miami Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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.
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