The NFL has changed, and this rule has benefited the offense more than anyone. It keeps plays alive, and the stats prove interesting.
@SeifertESPN: Per @ESPNStatsInfo, #NFL preseason ended w/ 271 calls for illegal contact or defensive holding. 17-week total in 2013 regular season: 285.
That is a lot of penalties, what do you think?
Overall, there were 1,387 penalties called in #NFL preseason, per @ESPNStatsInfo. Increase of 36 pct. over 2013 preseason.