Dean Blandino praises Brandon Meriweather's legal tackle

By Bill Bradley, contributing editor

In his weekly "Official Review" of calls on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access," vice president of officiating Dean Blandino looked closely at the play of Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather, who last week vowed to start hitting opponents' knees after being suspended one game for too many illegal hits to the head.

Blandino said Meriweather's hit on San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead last Sunday was a good example of players adjusting to the new rules.

"When you look at the play, Brandon does a nice job of lowering the target, gets his head across the body and makes contact on the upper thigh and the hip," Blandino said. "It's a legal hit. It's a hit that doesn't result in an injury. It's an effective hit. It stops the receiver. No advance allowed.

"So players are adjusting to the rules. Players that have had issues in the past are making the strides to conform with the rules. That's just another example of it where Meriweather does the right thing and makes a good hit. "

He also looked at Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson's overturned catch against the Indianapolis Colts.

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