The NFL is unlikely to change the catch rule for the 2016 season, league vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said in an email to NFL Media.
“Nothing has been finalized, but my sense is that there will be no change to the rule or tweak of the language,” Blandino said. “We will certainly continue to use video to educate in this area.”
The NFL, which has formed a catch rule committee to examine potential changes, has released a video in which Blandino clarifies what constitutes a catch.
Blandino says a catch occurs when a receiver “secures control of the ball in his hands or arms prior to the ball touching the ground, touches the ground inbounds with both feet or with any part of his body other than his hands and maintains control of the ball [...] until he has clearly become a runner.”
The NFL debuted changes to its replay standards during last season’s playoffs.