The NFL League Meetings concluded in Phoenix, Arizona this week and the Competition Committee voted upon the following rule changes. This information is provided by the National Football League.

  1. By Competition Committee; Makes permanent the kickoff rule changes that were implemented during the 2018 season.

2. By Competition Committee. It redefines a blindside block as it is a foul if a player initiates a block in which he is moving toward or parallel to his own end line and makes forcible contact to his opponent with his helmet, forearm, or shoulder. It also points out that a player may initiate forcible contact inside the tackle box, but is subject to the crackback and “peel back” block restrictions.

3. Attached – For one year only, expands the reviewable plays in Instant Replay to include pass interference, called or not called on the field. Also expands automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any Try attempt (extra point or two-point conversion).

Competition committee chairman and Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay said he was happy the league arrived at a “good place” with the change to the replay rules, especially considering the pace of the change.

“We were able to make sausage in one day,” McKay said. “Any time you deal in the replay world, 24 votes is not quite as easy as you think. . . . We were able to make sausage in one day, which is good for us. I think we ended up in a good place.”

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