The NFL has said it is placing an emphasis on penalizing illegal contact on receivers this season, but Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace doesn't think the rule has been helping his team.
Players were told during training camp that illegal contact on receivers more than five yards downfield will be called more strictly than in years past.
“We don’t get those calls," Wallace said. “I don’t know why. That’s not our job to play for calls. We play to play football and make plays. The call, that’s extra.”
During the Dolphins' preseason game against the Buccaneers on Saturday, Wallace had a defender break up a deep pass intended for him from quarterback Ryan Tannehill. No penalty was called, but Wallace said afterwards he thought he was held on the play.
The stricter emphasis on illegal contact has been controversial among players and coaches.
- Molly Geary