Plays like those involving Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant in the 2014 playoffs against the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson in 2010 sparked the discussion of changing the rule for the 2018 season, according to NFL Competition Committee Member and New York Giants Owner John Mara.
"I think we are unanimous," Mara told ESPN. "Plays like the Dez Bryant play in Green Bay, going to the ground, the Calvin Johnson play from a couple years ago. I think all of us agree that those should be completions. So let's write the language to make them completions."
Other topics of discussion include the possibility of adding a targeting rule to enhance player safety and a proposal similar to college football in which a player who hits a defenseless opponent in the head or neck area is ejected.
"We've had a lot of discussion about it," said Mara. "I'm not sure we'll ever get to the college rule. But there's been a lot of discussion about it, and we'll have some more."