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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