And if he doesn't catch it, the ball should be live.
Until it hits the ground he is catching the ball still.
I have no problems with the clarification of the rule it makes sense, the fair catch is so you can catch it without interference. I don't think that two or three grabbing should change that. A muff that hits the ground is fair game as always as is the player who muffed it.
I don't see the big deal on this one. I mean honestly, how often does a plater muff it and then catch it anyway? Will have more players catching away from their body if they are smart though as that greatly increases the chance of catching on a second chance compared to trying to bread basket the ball.
First one listed is my worry, what is a defenceless player? What is to stop a defensive player from sort of stumbling into a lead blockers way and acting defenceless? Does the rule not basically completely outlaw a blindside block as that player is defenceless to that act. I think it is an abysmal rule change like nearly every contact related rule change over the last couple of years has been.
Once again the rules committee continues to pussify the sport...