NFL institutes new hand signal due to Patriots new formations

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During the AFC Divisional round the New England Patriots unveiled their odd eligible/ineligible receiver sets. It caught the Baltimore Ravens and even head referee Bill Vinovich off guard.

Vinovich will be the head referee for Super Bowl XLIX so if the Patriots decide to break out that formation again, he should be ready for it. But just in case, the NFL has added a new hand signal for the refs to help cut out any confusion that they or the opposing team may have.

The signals will help in situation when a player goes from being ineligible to eligible. Such as when Nate Solder became eligible in the AFC Championship game and caught a 16 yard touchdown pass.

You know your trick plays really caught everyone off guard when the NFL starts adding new hand signals for the refs. Also since the NFL is doing this, it goes against Tony Dungy saying the formations are illegal. But we already knew that.


It sounds like Walt Anderson did this in the AFC Championship game

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