On Monday, former Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins posted a meme on Instagram that could logically be interpreted as a shot at his former team. If it was, his former coach probably won’t be happy with who liked it.
Collins’ graphic read “I may not be where I need to be, but thank God I’m not where I used to be.” The caption included the hashtag “#BetterDays,” and he tagged former Pats defensive lineman Anthony Johnson in the post, with Johnson retweeting the link on Twitter.
Other former and current Patriots liked the post on Instagram, including New England safety Duron Harmon and defensive end Jabaal Sheard. Former Pats to like the post included Chandler Jones and Alfonzo Dennard.
The Patriots surprisingly traded Collins to the Browns for a conditional 2017 third-round pick on Oct. 31, a controversial move given Collins' status as one of New England's better defensive players since the team drafted him in the second round in 2013.
A new catch rule is coming to the NFL.
So, controversies such as the Jesse James' touchdown reversal in the Steelers' loss to the Patriots in December and the Kelvin Benjamin call in the Bills-Pats game a week later likely would have resulted in upheld TDs under the new rule.
According to the Washington Post, Troy Vincent, the NFL VP of football operations, said competition committee members plan to propose getting rid of portions of the rule related to a receiver going to the ground while making a catch and to slight movement of the football while it’s in the receiver’s hands. Vincent also said the committee also intends to raise the bar by which an on-field ruling of a catch could be overturned via replay review.
That apparently was what was done in Super Bowl 52, when the Eagles' Corey Clement's juggling TD catch was not overturned via replay.
“We worked backward,” said Vincent told the Post. “We looked at plays and said: Do you want that to be a catch? And then we applied that to the rule.”
The rule modifications could be approved by the competition committee as early Tuesday, the Post reported, and owners will meet next week in Orlando to vote on it. Rule changes must be approved by at least 24 of the 32 franchises. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been pushing for the catch rule to be modified.
The Patriots' depleted offensive line got a boost today . . .
Offensive tackle Tony Garcia, 24, missed the entire 2017 season because of blood clots in his lungs. He was the Patriots' third-round draft choice -- their second overall pick -- last April out of Troy, and was seen as a potential starter, but came became ill in training camp and was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list in September.