Rich McKay: It's time to take closer look at gloves

Every week Odell Beckham Jr. or another receiver makes a ridiculous catch that seems to defy the laws of physics.

The jaw-dropping plays from Beckham -- you know the one -- and his ilk are leading some to wonder if the gloves receivers and other players wear should be reconsidered.

Rich McKay -- recently reinstated as chairman of the Competition Committee -- told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times the group has discussed extensively in recent years whether the NFL should look into new regulations for gloves.

"I think it's time to go back and look at the gloves and see if, with what's going on here with sports science in the past 10 years, if there isn't too much of an advantage being gained," McKay said.

Hall of Fame receiver Tim Brown said modern gloves are so tacky that he thinks we should analyze catches like Beckham's one-handed snatch in a different light.

"The guy's a freak of nature, no doubt about it, I'll give you that," Brown told Farmer of Beckham. "He has the big hands and all that. But those gloves are so 'tackified' these days that that's part of the reason you see guys making those kinds of catches."

Farmer's story is chock full of great insight on all sides of the discussion regarding how much gloves help not only receivers, but also quarterbacks, running backs, blockers, etc.

"You don't catch the ball with your hands, you catch it with your eyes," Philadelphia tight end Zach Ertz said. "So to say that anybody can go out there and catch a football with a million guys running around, it's different."

"I like Dallas Clark," Peyton Manning added of his former tight end. "He used to go natural; commando if you will. There's something to that. Look, I think a guy can catch or he can't, gloves or no gloves. So true-hands catchers can catch no matter what."

Wearing gloves can aid certain players, especially on offense. Manning has used gloves to help with grip after multiple neck surgeries left his fingertips numb.

McKay and the NFL must decide whether clamping down on glove technology is the proper path to take if they believe an unfair advantage is being gained.

Then again, as NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth pointed out, those ridiculous catches and plays certainly make the NFL more entertaining.

"I think if they took the gloves completely away from the guys, including the quarterbacks at this point, it would have a major impact on what the game looked like on the field. And not for the better," Collinsworth told Farmer. "... Every Sunday we say, 'Oh, my goodness! Look at that!'

"That's a good thing. It's an entertainment business. Why not make it as entertaining as possible?"

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