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NFL competition committee to recommend catch rule changes


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The NFL's catch rule would get less complicated if team owners approve recommendations from the powerful competition committee.

One of the first orders of business when the league's annual meetings begin Monday will be a proposal by the committee to clarify what is a catch. Commissioner Roger Goodell said during the week of the Super Bowl he would urge simplification of the rules.

Troy Vincent, the NFL's football operations chief, says: "Catch/no catch is at the top of everyone's minds."

The owners will be asked to vote on clarifications that eliminate parts of the rule involving a receiver going to the ground, and that also eliminate negating a catch for slight movement of the ball while it is in the receiver's possession.

No calls in the last few years have caused more consternation than overturned catches in key situations.

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