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Old 10-27-2017, 00:10   #1
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NFLs head of officiating says Dez Bryant

More than 18 months later and Dez Bryant still didn't catch it.Dean Blandino, the NFL's head of officiating, said Friday thatrecent changes to the NFL rules would not have affected Bryant's controversial non-catch in the 2014 playoffs."Still not a catch," Blandino said, via the Dallas Morning News, at the NFL Officiating Clinic, which is being held in Irving, Texas.MORE: Ideal cities for NFL relocationHe explained that the Mark Glowinski Jersey new wording to the rule requires a player to have "control, plus two feet, plus time.""Where we've gotten to is that everybody tends to agree what control and two feet look like, but it's that time element that tends to be the debatable subject," Blandino told reporters. "It is subjective, but what the time element means is having the ball long enough after the second foot is down to become a runner ... to have the ability to tuck the ball and turn upfield and do something with it other than just try to secure po se sion. What that time element allows the on-field officials to do is to consistently rule the bang-bang play incomplete. And that's important to us because the rules are written for on-field officials making decisions in real time seeing something once."So control, plus two feet, plus time," he added. "If you don't have those elements before you go to the ground, then the standard becomes hold onto it when you land. And if [the catch doesn't] survive the ground, then it's an incomplete pa s. That's the rule in a nutshell."Bryant Nazair Jones Jersey dove to the Lambeau Field turf C J Prosise Jersey late in a 26-21 lo s to the Packers, but lost control of the ball before gathering it in the end zone for what would have given the Cowboys a lead with under five minutes remaining in the game.The wording was tweaked this offseason forclarificationto provide a better understanding of the rule.MORE: Tom Brady accepts suspension, ends 'Deflategate'"In order to complete a catch, a receiver must clearly become a runner," the rule states. "He does that by gaining control of the ball, touching both feet down and then, after the second foot is down, having the ball long enough to clearly become a runner, which is defined as the ability to ward off or protect himself from impending contact. If, before becoming a runner, a receiver falls to the ground in an attempt to make a catch, he must maintain control of the ball after contacting the ground. If he loses control of the ball after contacting the ground and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pa s is incomplete. Reaching the ball out before becoming a runner will not trump the requirement Dion Jordan Jersey to hold onto the ball when you land. When you are attempting to complete a catch, you must put the ball away or protect the ball so it does not come loose."After Bryant fell on the ball androlled into the end zone against the Packers on Jan. 11, 2015, the ball popped in the air before Bryant snared it. Because the ball was under his body and on the turf and then came loose, it wasn't a catch and still isn't.
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