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Fans upset after Falcons called for garbage new roughing the passer penalty

Grady Jarrett penalty

Many fans and observers were incensed after Grady Jarrett was penalized for roughing the passer late in the second quarter of Thursday night’s NFL season opener between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.

Jarrett was pursuing Eagles QB Nick Foles and launched himself towards the quarterback for a potential sack just as Foles was throwing the ball. Though the tackle seemed completely clean, Jarrett was penalized 15 yards for roughing the passer.

The penalty was called as part of the league’s new rule that discourages defensive players from using their body weight to stuff quarterbacks into the ground.

Here’s the language of the rule:

A rushing defender is prohibited from committing such intimidating and punishing acts as “stuffing” a passer into the ground or unnecessarily wrestling or driving him down after the passer has thrown the ball, even if the rusher makes his initial contact with the passer within the one-step limitation provided for in (a) above. When tackling a passer who is in a defenseless posture (e.g., during or just after throwing a pass), a defensive player must not unnecessarily or violently throw him down or land on top of him with all or most of the defender’s weight. Instead, the defensive player must strive to wrap up the passer with the defensive player’s arms and not land on the passer with all or most of his body weight.

Fans and media members did not like the call.

These rules are so ridiculous and everyone can see it. It’s the same call that led to the Vikings’ ridiculous preseason penalty call. Why not just say quarterbacks are not allowed to be tackled at this point?

Hidden gems on all 32 NFL teams

James Bradberry

NFL superstars tend to receive many rewards, ranging from massive contracts to All-Pro nods and trips to the Pro Bowl. But in order to succeed at the highest level, all 32 teams still need role players and unsung heroes to help them along their journey.

Sometimes those role players receive the recognition they deserve — most often within the fan bases or cities in which they play. But frequently, they are not recognized the way they should be.

Each team has some hidden gems on their roster — here’s a look at one for each team.

Arizona Cardinals – Markus Golden, linebacker

Markus Golden is more overlooked than unknown, but at his current rate of development, he won’t be forgotten much longer. Golden finished the 2016 season with 53 total pressures, 41 run stops and 12.5 sacks. The 41 run stops were good for fourth-most among edge defenders in the NFL. Golden is in line for a Pro Bowl or All-Pro nod in 2017 if he continues at this pace. If that happens, the secret will be out.

Atlanta Falcons – Grady Jarrett, defensive tackle

Grady Jarrett was considered underrated in college and that remained true over his first two seasons with the Falcons. Even despite a strong performance in the Super Bowl, Jarrett hasn’t exactly seen his name in lights. If Atlanta didn’t choke the game away, perhaps that would be different, but for now, Jarrett and his 78.3 Pro Football Focus rating will continue to fly under the radar.

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