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Around the NFL: No catch for Julio, no deal for Le’Veon, big debut for rookie Shaquem Griffin dominate week one headlines

An NFL officiating crew made a controversial catch/no catch call...again. Will we ever define a catch in the NFL?

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Oh No, Julio! Falcons latest team on the end of controversial catch rule

The NFL officiating crews are never going to allow the Dallas Cowboys fan base to forget that controversial Dez Bryant “no catch” call that happened three and a half years ago. Not when they still seem to have issues defining what a catch is in this league. There was the Jesse James overturned touchdown catch against the Patriots just last season. This year was no different as Julio Jones was on the wrong side of the ruling in week one:

Jones clearly got underneath that ball and used his own helmet to secure the catch, which is allowed in the NFL. It’s pure silliness that this play wasn’t called a catch but the NFL’s explanation is that the ball was obscured from view:

According to the well-publicized replay rules, on-field decisions will only be overturned if there is “clear and obvious visual evidence” warranting change. Clear and obvious visual evidence does not include camera angles in which the ball or participants in question (feet or knees, for example) are partially obscured.

Such was the case on the Jones review, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation. Per the source, NFL head of officiating Al Riveron could not tell on the overhead broadcast camera angle if the ball touched the ground prior to Jones gaining control of it, and in the other angles, the ball was at least partially obscured in all of them. An obscured ball removes the chance of finding “clear and obvious visual evidence,” making an overturn impossible.

Will the NFL ever be able to clearly define a catch? It remains to be seen.

Le’Veon Bell’s holdout situation with the Steelers is way past ugly

Where Earl Thomas has begrudgingly ended his holdout and reported to the Seahawks facilities, Le’Veon Bell is prepared to leave money on the table. The Steelers haven’t found common ground with two-time All-Pro and he’s been MIA to start the season. This week things took another turn when Steelers veteran guard and union rep Ramon Foster let his feelings be known:

Teammates should never get involved in these types of ordeals and especially when they are their team’s union rep. As frustrating as it can be to not have one of your best players, Bell is just trying to maximize his value which is something all players should try to do.

Then again, Bell’s contract situation has been just one aspect of a complicated relationship he’s had with the Steelers organization:

Shaquem Griffin set to start for the Seahawks in place of K.J. Wright

What a great story Shaquem Griffin has been but now he’s ready to show that the real story is what he does on the field.

Griffin fell to the fifth round of the draft because of a missing left hand that was amputated at four-years old. Teams may have overlooked him a little during the draft process but this a pretty good linebacker. When you watched his college tape you saw a relentless defender that didn’t let his disability define him. He has speed and explosion that the Seahawks desperately need with the absence of K.J. Wright in week one.

He’s a very determined young player, looking to show that he belongs in the NFL alongside his brother Shaquill Griffin, who happens to play corner for the ‘Hawks. Shaquem knows what will be expected of him and his brother has been testing him all week:

“He asks me so many questions throughout the play, so I was forced to learn,” Griffin said Friday. “With him, each play he’ll ask me what (responsibilities) I got, and I’ll tell him. He already knows what I need to do. He just wants to see if I’ll answer correctly.

“So that kind of gave me confidence to talk back, or if I see something that looks familiar I can be able to talk to him and feel comfortable doing so.”

Everyone around the NFL will have an eye on Shaquem Griffin as he makes his debut. If the preseason was any indicator, Griffin will be a great find for the Seattle Seahawks as a weakside linebacker.

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