NFL planning changes to catch rule

NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent told the Washington Post that the league’s catch rule is likely to undergo some changes.

In an interview published Tuesday, Vincent said the league’s competition committee will propose that the NFL eliminates the requirement to maintain control of the ball throughout the process of going to the ground.

The changes would also do away with the rule that slight movement of the ball in a receiver’s hands negates a catch, Vincent said.

“Slight movement of the ball, it looks like we’ll reverse that,” Vincent said. “Going to the ground, it looks like that’s going to be eliminated. And we’ll go back to the old replay standard of reverse the call on the field only when it’s indisputable.”

The committee could end up finalizing the rule changes as early as Tuesday, according to the Post. They would then be presented to team owners next week at the annual owners meetings in Orlando, Florida.