So what exactly is a defenseless receiver?

it seems like every week I am watching a football game and a penalty for hitting a “defenseless receiver” comes up. And after every replay, I am left scratching my head wondering what the referees saw.

Most of these penalties in my opinion are wrong. The receiver was not defenseless in my eyes. And most times, they are calling a helmet to helmet hit where more often than not, no such occurrence actually took place.

Here is what the rules are according to the league.

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Video: 2012 NFL Rules Changes

Samuel:

FYI for all you football fans.

Originally posted on NFL Communications:

The following is a link to the 2012 Rules of the Game video, describing the rules changes and explaining the points of emphasis for this season.

It can be accessed by clicking on the link below or visiting www.nflmedia.com.

http://media01.nfl.info/NFL/Media/2012/RuleChanges/2012_NFL_Rule_Changes.wmv

The video is intended for your use for informational purposes only.  It may not be posted on your website, but if you are interested in tweeting the link to the video from www.nflcommunications.com, feel free to do so.

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