What will happen with time element of the catch rule?
Much has been said and written this week about the future of the catch rule, which has become more of a punch line than the league ever would have wanted it to be. But as the Competition Committee prepares to recommend major surgery on the catch rule, the committee and, next month, the owners need to be careful not to go too far.
If there’s no time element, plays like the Lee Evans non-catch from the 2011 AFC title game possibly would become a catch, because a catch will be completed the instant the player has two hands on the ball and two feet on the ground, even if the ball instantly gets slapped out of his hands. If there is a time element, what will the time element be?
Rodgers-Cromartie, 31, moved inside to play the difficult slot corner role the past two years, as Eli Apple supplanted him as a starting outside cornerback. After a sensational 2016 season, Rodgers-Cromartie was solid, but not as steady in 2017 and he ran afoul of former head coach Ben McAdoo, prompting a one-game suspension.
A source told The Post the Tom Coughlin and Ben McAdoo coaching staffs grew frustrated with Rodgers-Cromartie’s tendency to take himself out of games, especially at critical junctures in the fourth quarter. The 10-year veteran missed just three games in his four years with the Giants one was because of the suspension but his reliability was questioned at times.
The feeling is the Giants think No. 2 is too high for a guard, even one the quality of Nelson. If he played offensive tackle, he would be the pick. He still could be, though Nelson is that good.
I don’t like to get into too much detail, Colbert said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. I can say that I am optimistic that we can find common ground. Those things are never final until they are final. Until we reach an agreement we don’t have anything right now.
The Steelers used the franchise tag on Bell last year for $12.1 million, and using it again would cost $14.5 (and run the risk of angering Bell to the point he didn’t show up until just before the start of the season).
Colbert said he’s hopeful he can get something done before the March 6 deadline to tag a player, hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s unpleasantness.
Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, the man who will ultimately make the call, said the whole myth of devaluing running backs, I find it kind of comical. At the end of the day, if he’s a great player, he’s a great player.