Remember back in 2015 when Jamie Collins jumped over the line or scrimmage to block an extra point against the Colts? If not, what about this past year when Shea McClellin leaped over the line to block a kick against the Ravens?

The NFL is looking to ban leaping over the line of scrimmage to block kicks. (Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports)

The NFL is looking to ban leaping over the line of scrimmage to block kicks. (Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports)

Remember back in 2015 when Jamie Collins jumped over the line or scrimmage to block an extra point against the Colts? If not, what about this past year when Shea McClellin leaped over the line to block a kick against the Ravens?

Well, leaping over the line of scrimmage to block kicks might be illegal next season.

Next week at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona when rule changes are brought up, that will be one of the things owners vote on to change.

Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino explained why the league is looking to ban the play on a conference call Thursday.

Ultimately, it comes down to being a safety issue.

“The issue, we’ve looked at a lot of tape on the jumper, is how it’s being defended at this point — whether it’s the snapper or the guard raising up and attempting to make contact with the jump, we’ve seen several examples where players have been flipped over, land on their head, their neck, and the potential for a serious injury certainly increases when you have a player in a vulnerable position who is now going to be knocked off balance and really can’t control the way they land,” Blandino said. “So I think that’s probably the biggest thing, and we have seen that on tape as to why the proposal will be voted on.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Patriots officially will be the first sports team to visit Donald Trump at the White House.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced the president will welcome the team to White House on April 19.

Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick are set to return to the White House on April 19. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick are set to return to the White House on April 19. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots officially will be the first sports team to visit Donald Trump at the White House.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced the president will welcome the team to White House on April 19.

Following the Super Bowl win, six Patriots said they would not attend the ceremony including Martellus Bennett, Dont’a Hightower, Alan Branch, Chris Long, Devin McCourty and LeGarrette Blount.

Not all were for political reasons.

President Trump has a good relationship with owner Robert Kraft, as he was even on Air Force One with him this past weekend.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick both supported President Trump around the election with the coach writing him a letter and Brady calling him two days before the election.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Maybe there was actually something to the rumors of Darrelle Revis returning to the Patriots last weekend.

Despite the fact that he won a Super Bowl with the Patriots, Darrelle Revis left no doubt as to where his allegiance lies these days. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis could potentially return to the Patriots. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Maybe there was actually something to the rumors of Darrelle Revis returning to the Patriots last weekend.

Speaking with CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, a NFL personnel man said he’s convinced the cornerback returns to the Patriots for the 2017 season.

“We did our work on him. He can still play,” the personnel man told La Canfora. “He can cover. He doesn’t have that long speed anymore; he’s not going to cover a No. 1 receiver deep. But he can cover in tight spaces and he has great instincts. The film is not as bad as some would have you believe. He’s a perfect fit in that quarters scheme Belichick runs, and they have the kind of safeties who can help him out, too. We’re convinced he’s going back to New England. It just makes too much sense.”

The Patriots could have a need at cornerback if Malcolm Butler indeed goes to the Saints.

After being released by the Jets before free agency, he’s still getting paid $6 million from the Jets for the upcoming season, so a team that signs him doesn’t need to give him a huge contract. Perhaps, Bill Belichick sees that as value and takes a chance, but Revis had his worst season as a pro last year and reportedly was out of shape most of the year.

For how signing Revis doesn’t make sense for the Patriots, here’s a column from earlier in the week.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

There are a number of big school pro days on Thursday, so the Patriots coaching staff was out in full force.

Bill Belichick himself was at Ohio State, catching up with good friend Urban Meyer, as well as Greg Schiano, who is also on staff. Joining Belichick was his son Steve, the Patriots’ safeties coach.

There are a number of big school pro days on Thursday, so the Patriots coaching staff was out in full force.

Bill Belichick himself was at Ohio State, catching up with good friend Urban Meyer, as well as Greg Schiano, who is also on staff. Joining Belichick was his son Steve, the Patriots’ safeties coach.

It was a big turn out with a number of other NFL head coaches including Sean Payton, Todd Bowles and John Harbaugh.

Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was also on the scouting trail, as he was spotted at Notre Dame’s pro day.

Other pro days held on Thursday include: Stanford, Missouri and Utah.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
ESPN's NFL programming will have a new look this upcoming season. (Chuck Cook/USA Today Sports)

ESPN’s NFL programming will have a new look this upcoming season. (Chuck Cook/USA Today Sports)

ESPN’s NFL programming will have a new look this upcoming season.

With Chris Berman transitioning into a new role, Suzy Kolber, Samantha Ponder and Trey Wingo will assume his previous host responsibilities on ESPN’s NFL studio shows, the network announced on Thursday.

Kolber will now host the entire Monday Night Football pregame show from the site of each week’s game. Ponder is the new host of Sunday NFL Countdown, and Wingo will now host all three days of the annual NFL draft telecast.

“We have three exceptional hosts in Suzy, Sam and Trey, who will usher in this new era of NFL studio coverage on ESPN,” said Stephanie Druley, ESPN senior vice president, studio and event production. “They each have a unique style and approach, yet they all share a passion for the game of football that is evident to viewers. We look forward to this group being the face of our NFL studio coverage for many years ahead on ESPN.”

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Ryan Hannable

On Wednesday, it was learned the NFL is cracking down again on celebrations and to help with this will show proper ways to celebrate in videos shown to NFL teams during training camp.

This will be included in the video that goes over new rule changes for the upcoming season.