No surprise, but NFL referee Alex Kemp says Anthony Barr's hit on #Packers QB Aaron Rodgers that broke his collarbone was among the plays that led to league making it illegal for defensive players to land on QBs with all or most of their body weight.
Kemp says it doesn't matter if QB is out of the pocket. "If he sets up as a passer, then he gets protection." If a QB tucks and runs, he's ruled as a RB and afforded no such protection. Worth keeping in mind as Aaron Rodgers operates a lot outside the pocket.
Kemp explaining what new kickoff will look like: Five players on each side of kicker. Two outside numbers, at least 2 between hash and numbers. They'll have foot on 34-yard line and remain stationary until ball's kicked.
"It's not going to look like anything you've seen before."
Kemp on officials adjusting to new catch rule, says he thinks officials ruled catch as it is now constituted by the league, but those calls got overturned on video replay: "I think on the field, we're going to be much more accurate nowt hat it's changed."
NFL referee Alex Kemp said that the Anthony Barr hit on #Packers QB Aaron Rodgers that broke his collarbone last year would be illegal under the rules in 2018. A defender cannot land with most of his weight on top of quarterback who still has passer protection.
Here's @AaronNagler 's roundup of our Packers coverage from yesterday, including my column on Jerry Kramer's remarkable medical history, @TomSilverstein on Aaron Rodgers' new challenge n practice against the Packers' defense, and the buzz on Rodgers' no-look TD pass yesterday.
#Packers coach Mike McCarthy says RT Bryan Bulaga passed his physical today, and he'll practice in a limited fashion. That's rather amazing, since he isn't quite nine months from tearing his right ACL.
McCarthy on Family Night's unique atmosphere: "It sounds like the largest outdoor day care center in the world, there's just so many kids." Says it's a critical practice for players, especially rookies who step on an NFL field for the first time.
Instead of one-on-one, pass-rush drill, McCarthy says #Packers working more on one-on-one or even two-on-one run blocking. He says 2-minute drill and pass-under-pressure drill at end of practice simulates pass rushing.
This would put Bryan Bulaga on track to start Week 1 against the Bears, and also explain why #Packers didn't feel pressured to draft a right tackle this spring. Bulaga has been ahead of recovery timeline the whole way, and he remains ahead now.
McCarthy says #Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' no-look touchdown to Geronimo Allison yesterday reminded him of the throws late to Jeff Janis in Arizona. Of course, Rodgers was looking where he threw then. "We'll have to start a different library for that throw."
#Packers believe OLB Kyler Fackrell is "a lot different player" than in the past. With a steady dose of first-team reps in camp's opening week, Fackrell knows "there’s a high sense of urgency for me to produce." packersnews.com/story/sports/n…
Nice grab from #Packers rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling, going high to catch well-thrown ball from DeShone Kizer over safety Martin Evans in back of end zone. Valdes-Scantling will drop some easy ones, but then he makes plays like that to show his potential.