Lions’ Jarrad Davis approves of new rule against lowering the helmet

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NFL players have generally reacted negatively to the new rule banning lowering the head to initiate contact with the helmet. Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis is one of the few players who likes the rule.

Davis, the 2017 first-round pick who suffered a concussion in the second game of his career and had to miss the next two games last year, said today that he doesn’t think the rule will be difficult for players to adhere to.

“[The new rule is] definitely something that’s going to take care of us as players,” Davis said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

The problem is that the NFL, which passed the rule last month, still has not explained to players, coaches, fans or the media what exactly will constitute a penalty under the new rule. So it is impossible for Davis to say how hard it will be to adhere to the rule. But Davis knows the intent of the rule is to prevent head and spine injuries, and he supports that.

7 responses to “Lions’ Jarrad Davis approves of new rule against lowering the helmet

  1. Will running backs get flagged for going head first into the pile? How about diving over a pile with their head down?

    Can a running back or receiver accelerate into a defensive player with pads low?

    Going to be an interesting year.

  2. So it is impossible for Davis to say how hard it will be to adhere to the rule.

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    isn’t he a couple years away from college where they have a similar rule?

  3. Lions don’t tackle- this gives them an excuse not too.
    Get rid of helmets – go to Rugby protection- how many concussions do Rugby players get

  4. they have to figure out how this would affect the patriots in crucial games with playoff implications….that’s why it’s so vague now…

  5. onereasonableman says:
    April 17, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Will running backs get flagged for going head first into the pile? How about diving over a pile with their head down?

    Can a running back or receiver accelerate into a defensive player with pads low?

    Going to be an interesting year.

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    The answer to all of these:

    If at any time the running back uses his helmet to initiate contact with a defender, he’ll be flagged.

    Therefore, if he dives head first over the pile, he’s not trying to initiate contact with the helmet and shouldn’t be flagged. If he leads into a pile with his helmet, he’s initiating contact with his helmet and will be flagged. If he lowers his pads, and leads with his pads, then he won’t be flagged.

    This isn’t that hard to understand. It’ll be hard for the refs to determine what happened, but the rule itself is straight forward.

  6. ftomasic1961 typical hater, just because your team sucks doesn’t mean you should hate on the Patriots for being a successful dynasty. Grow up and get a life and stop trolling. Envy is an ugly trait, just saying.

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