NFL Adopts 7 Rule Changes for 2016

The NFL adopted seven of the rules changes proposed at the NFL owners meetings, with more possibly coming on Wednesday.

The NFL has adopted seven new rules changes for the 2016 season at the owners meetings Tuesday in Florida, with discussion on other proposals continuing Wednesday.

All of the newly adopted changes came from the suggestions of the competition committee. Several teams will have their proposed changes discussed further on Wednesday.

Here are the adopted changes:

  1. Permanently move the line of scrimmage for extra points to the defensive team’s 15-yard line and allow the defense to return any missed attempt.
  2. Permit the offensive and defensive play callers on the coaching staffs to use the coach-to-player communication system regardless of whether they are on the field or in the coaches’ booth.
  3. All chop blocks are now illegal.
  4. Expand the horse collar rule to include when a defender grabs the jersey at the name plate or above and pulls a runner toward the ground.
  5. Make it a foul for delay of game when a team attempts to call a timeout when it is not permitted to do so.
  6. Eliminate the 5-yard penalty for an eligible receiver illegally touching a forward pass after being out of bounds and re-establishing himself inbounds, and make it a loss of down.
  7. Eliminate multiple spots of enforcement for a double foul after a change of possession.


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