NFL Adopts Seven New Rules Tuesday at Annual Meeting

There may be more to come on Wednesday too...

BOCA RATON, FL --- NFL clubs voted on and adopted seven new rules for the 2016 season Tuesday, with the possibility of more to come on Wednesday before the Annual Meeting ends.

Here's what passed Tuesday, each proposed by the Competiton Committee (the number next to each corresponds with the number of the proposal/new rule in the agenda at the Annual Meeting):

1.   By Competition Committee; Permanently moves the line of scrimmage for Try kicks to the defensive team's 15-yard line, and allows the defense to return any missed Try.

2.   By Competition Committee; Permits 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.   By Competition Committee; Makes all chop blocks illegal.

16. By Competition Committee; Expands 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.

17. By Competition Committee; Makes it a foul for delay of game when a team attempts to call a timeout when it is not permitted to do so.

18. By Competition Committee; Eliminates the five-yard penalty for an eligible receiver illegally touching a forward pass after being out of bounds and re-establishing himself inbounds, and makes it a loss of down.

19. By Competition Committee; Eliminates multiple spots of enforcement for a double foul after a change of possession.

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