Report: NFL competition committee likely to propose ban of field-goal leaps

Report: NFL competition committee likely to propose ban of field-goal leaps

We may have seen the last of the Jamie Collins Leap.

The play that garnered more than its fair share of attention in 2015 when the former Patriots linebacker bounded over the Colts long-snapper and blocked an Adam Vinatieri kick could be banned in the NFL for 2017 and beyond.

According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the league's competition committee is "likely to propose [a] ban on field goal and extra point 'leaps.' " Maske points out that the NFLPA suggested the ban at this year's Scouting Combine. 

If the ban is put in place, it probably won't go over well at One Patriot Place. Bill Belichick called for it twice last season following Collins' departure via trade.

Shea McClellin blocked a field goal by Baltimore's Justin Tucker during the regular season, which was Tucker's first miss of the year. McClellin tried to do the same to Falcons kicker Matt Bryant during an extra-point attempt in the second quarter of Super Bowl LI but was penalized for illegal formation. However, replays showed McClellin jumped over the gap between the snapper and the guard, which is legal.

"The prohibition would be a player-safety measure designed to protect both the player doing the leaping and any offensive player on which he might land," Maske wrote. "Under current rules, such a leap is illegal if the player lands on an offensive player but legal if the player successfully clears the line of scrimmage."

All NFL owners will consider proposals by the competition committee early next week in Phoenix during the annual league meeting. Twenty-four of 32 teams must approve of any proposal in order for a rule-change to be made.

Dorsett (knee) hoping to be able to practice this week

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Dorsett (knee) hoping to be able to practice this week

FOXBORO -- The picture at wide receiver wasn't pretty for the Patriots by the time the clock hit zeros in the fourth quarter in New Orleans over the weekend. 

Chris Hogan looked hobbled for much of the second half. Phillip Dorsett left with a knee injury. Danny Amendola was ruled out well in advance of kickoff with a concussion and a knee injury. Matthew Slater was ruled out due to a hamstring injury. Brandin Cooks looked like the only Patriots wideout to finish the game feeling spry.

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But as the team prepares for the Texans this week, Dorsett is hoping he'll be back on the field with his teammates for practice. 

"I feel good," Dorsett said in the Patriots locker room Monday. "Just a little sore, but I'm alright."

Not only would it help the Patriots offense to have another body available at receiver, but Dorsett understands how crucial it is for him to practice as much as possible. He was acquired in a trade with the Colts just before the season, and he knows he has work to do to get adjusted to his new offense.

"It's just me going out there and getting the plays in practice," Dorsett said when asked about his confidence level in running New England's system. "I feel like practice builds my confidence. If I get to play in practice, I feel more comfortable when it comes to the game."

Dorsett looked comfortable in Week 2, catching three passes for 68 yards. His first grab in the first quarter went for 23 yards and came on a play when Tom Brady, who was hit as he released, threw a floater down the right sideline. Dorsett alertly saw the pass falling short and worked back toward the line of scrimmage to make the catch. 

"I think he trusts me," Dorsett said of Brady. "We work a lot during practice and after practice. Hopefully we can continue to gain more trust as the season goes on. It's only the second game. We got a long way to go."

More practice time would be helpful in allowing that relationship to continue to grow. We'll see if Dorsett gets any when the Patriots take the fields behind Gillette Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

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