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Helmet foul by A.J. Bouye was correct application of rule

A flag thrown on Jaguars cornerback A.J.
Bouye early in Saturday’s game at Minnesota provides a good example of how the rule will operate, any and all flaws notwithstanding.
After catching a swing pass near the left sideline, Vikings fullback C.J.
Ham lowered his head.
Bouye dropped even lower.
While the angle from the coaching film may be more clear, it appears that Bouye struck Ham with Bouye’s helmet, instead of hitting Ham with the flipper of Bouye’s shoulder pad.
Because the new rule prohibits lowering the helmet to initiate contact and then initiating contact with an opponent, and because Bouye lowered his helmet to initiate contact and did in fact initiate contact with the helmet, it was a foul.
Whether anyone likes the rule or not (and plenty don’t), Bouye’s decision to lower his helmet and his failure to get the helmet to Ham’s side made it a foul.
For much more on the helmet rule from NFL senior V.P.
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