New NFL Rules for the Upcoming Season
The End Of The Tuck Rule?
When [an offensive] player is holding the ball to pass it forward, any intentional forward movement of his arm starts a forward pass, even if the player loses possession of the ball as he is attempting to tuck it back toward his body. Also, if the player has tucked the ball into his body and then loses possession, it is a fumble.
- Referees will be able to review incomplete passes through the recovery and the fumble, meaning that incomplete pass calls can now be overturned
- The long snapper will be considered a defenseless player on field-goal formations. He can no longer be hit illegally
- Runners who hit with the crowns of their helmets outside of the tackle box will be given personal fouls.
- Offensive blockers won’t be able to block low inside the tackle box if they’re moving toward their own goal lines. And they won’t be able to go low on peel-back blocks
- Tight ends will have the option to wear numbers 40-49.
- The “Schwartz rule” – an inappropriately thrown challenge flag will not doom a team