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NFL Owners Have Unanimously Approved New Simplified Catch Rule

The new rules defining a catch include:

  • Control of the ball. 
  • Two feet down or another body part. 
  • A football move such as: 
    • A third step, 
    • Reaching/extending for the line-to-gain, 
    • Or the ability to perform such an act. 

The key change to the rule eliminated the "going-to-the-ground" element of the previous rule.