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Training tape: defenseless receiver, taunting, clock on out-of-bounds fumble

NFL_Shield_mark_rgbDean Blandino, NFL vice president of officiating, released this week’s media tape regarding rules calls mostly from Week 4 (150 MB download). This week’s topics:

  • When defenseless protections end. The play in question was a legal hit on Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, correctly called (SJ 67 Doug Rosenbaum, BJ 93 Scott Helverson), because Johnson’s defenseless posture ends when he becomes a runner.
  • Taunting. Bills running back Fred Jackson tosses the ball at a Browns player on the sideline, which was a taunting foul (LJ 101 Carl Johnson).
  • Both feet in bounds. A catch by Bills tight end Scott Chandler was initially ruled complete (SJ 56 Allen Baynes, HL 134 Ed Camp), but a replay review showed that Chandler’s second foot did not touch the ground, instead it touched his other foot.
  • Fumbles out of bounds. Under two minutes in the half, the clock stops but then restarts when the referee signals ready for play. There were two instances of this — in the Cardinals-Buccaneers game (HL 106 Wayne Mackie) and the Seahawks-Texans game (LJ 130 Darryll Lewis) — although there was also an injury timeout on the Texans fumble.
  • Fair catch kick. Blandino explains the mechanics of this play that you will likely not see again until 2018. The angle shown in the video is the all-22 angle that was not on the broadcast (Jeff Triplette’s crew).
Ben Austro
Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

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