https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...troversial-catch-rule/?utm_term=.2d065755b9dd The new catch rule, Vincent said, will require only that a receiver have control of the football, and any slight movement of the football in the receiver’s hands detected via replay review would not result in an incompletion. The new rule will eliminate the requirement that a receiver who is in the process of going to the ground while making a catch must maintain control of the football while on the turf to be awarded a legal catch. The replay standard for overturning an on-field ruling of a catch will be indisputable video evidence rather than clear and obvious. ... The defenseless-player rules will be expanded, Vincent said, to give more protection to a runner, particularly a quarterback who’s running, who gives himself up at the end of a run, either by sliding or diving, as with a notable hit on the Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco last season. I can't see how a rule change could have helped Flacco unless you let a QB run free. Flacco was running for the first down and only slid (at the last minute) after Kiko had committed his body to the tackle.