Simplified NFL language ‘catches on’ as league owners vote to change catch rule

Posted at 2:23 PM, Mar 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-27 14:23:34-04

Jesse James of the Pittsburgh Steelers dives for the end zone.
(Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, Fla. – At the NFL annual meeting, a new league rule is ‘catching on’.

Tuesday morning, NFL owners approve three playing rules for the 2018 season. Among the changes, a unanimous approval to change the standard for a catch.

The owners unanimously vote to adopt the NFL Competition Committee’s recommendations of a catch:

  1. Control of the football
  2. Two feet down or another body part
  3. A football move such as a third step, reaching/extending for the line-to-gain or the ability to perform such an act.