The NFL has officially improved one of the most controversial rules in recent years.
NFL League owners voted on changes to several playing rules and league bylaws at the annual league meeting on Tuesday that will go into effect in the 2018-19 season. One of these rules, the catch rule, has become a confusing--yet integral--part of calling several games in the past few years. One of the biggest games involved the Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant in the 2014 playoffs against the Green Bay Packers in a play that could've kept the Cowboys playoff run alive that year-- and also spawned the phrase "Dez Caught It" which is still alive to this day.
The new laws that help clarify a completed catch include:
Control of the Ball
Two feet (or another body part) down on the ground
A football move including (but not limited to):
A third step
Reaching/Extending for the line-to-gain
or the ability to perform such an act
One noticeable factor removed from the previous rule is the "going-to-the-ground" element that has caused controversy in several games. Though the new amendments to the catch rule won't clear all confusion of what the officiating staff will call a completed catch, they will positively impact all calls made in future games.
The vote went unanimous (32-0) among NFL Owners.