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The NFL Rule Book: Call that a Catch? Update – Part 3

Fans, rejoice! There were no big controversies surrounding what a catch is! So, I thought I would take this opportunity to celebrate the bes


Fans, rejoice! There were no big controversies surrounding what a catch is! So, I thought I would take this opportunity to celebrate the best catches from this week.   Before you say it, this isn’t going to be any type of ranking, this is purely a chance to celebrate great catches without focusing on the technicalities. If you want a ranking, give this video a watch.

But without further ado, here are the best catches from week 13.

Odell Beckham Jr. never ceases to amaze. Just a week after producing a diving catch that had people questioning if it was his greatest catch ever – which was silly if you ask me – Odell Beckham Jr. plucked the ball from the air with just one hand without really having to break stride. The catch came on a line drive throw that was wobbly and high and Beckham made it look so easy, that’s what makes it so great; the apparent ease at which he does it – and all his other catches more incredible.   The NFC East produced another great catch, this time for the Cowboys. And this time, Dez Bryant caught it. With just over 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter, down 9-6, Bryant picked a great moment to haul in his first catch of the night, laying out for a 42 yard reception to out the Cowboys inside the Redskins 5-yard line. Injuries and quarterback play have led to an extremely disappointing season for Bryant, but catches like this one have to remind whoever is at quarterback to give Dez the ball.   Devante Parker also produced the type of catch that led to the Dolphins picking him with the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. An injury that carried over from his final season at Louisville kept him out of the team’s training camp and preseason, meaning he was significantly behind in the playbook. Now he has 2 straight games with a touchdown and this one against the Ravens was amazing. Tannehill threw the ball where only Parker could get it – quite literally. Parker is 6-foot-3, but he had to jump and levitate at full extension at least 2-and-a-half-feet in the air. What’s more, he held on to the ball despite being hit in mid-air and landing square on his back. This extreme show of athleticism has to get ‘Fins fans excited.   Parker’s catch stood out to me for a reason other than the athleticism; it really reminded me of one A.J Green, who also happened to have a great catch this week. In the Bengals demolition of the Browns, A.J Green reminded everyone why he is such a sought after commodity. Mid-way through the 3rd quarter Green caught his 4th 20+ yard catch of the day, but this one was special. The ball was thrown to his back shoulder and right on the sideline, and Green’s footwork was a thing of beauty. He managed to catch the ball, look down and tap just his toes before falling out of bound, it was textbook.   Whilst I’m talking about footwork, Calvin Johnson’s cannot be ignored. On Thursday Night, the game everyone will remember for a dubious facemask call and a miracle Hail Mary, Johnson also sent out a reminder to the league that he’s still a remarkable player. He jumped above Sam Shields and held the ball out above Shields’ head, whilst looking at the ground and dragging his feet. Like Green’s, it was textbook. Nate Burleson definitely had plenty of Toe Drag Swag to work with.  

Honourable Mentions:

DeAndre Hopkins vs Bills (11:53, 4th quarter) • Mike Evans vs Falcons (game winner) • Richard Rodgers vs Lions (game winner) • Brandon Boykin vs Colts (diving interception) • Martavis Bryant vs Colts (6:48, 2nd quarter) • Antonio Brown vs Colts (end 3rd) • Brandon Marshall l vs Giants (game tieing) • Pretty much any Allen Hurns catch vs Titans • Greg Olsen vs Saints (4th down)  

Dishonourable mentions:

• Ted Ginn x2 vs Saints – Newton threw 2 great deep passes, only for him to drop both of these sure touchdowns. The highlights can be found on the BBC’s ‘Race to Super Bowl 50’


Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

The NFL Rule Book: Call that a Catch? Update – Part 3

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