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What is Encroachment?

When, prior to the snap of the football, a defensive player makes contact with an offensive player or has a direct path to the quarterback it is encroachment. The result of this penalty is five yards in the CFL and NFL against the defensive team.

Sporting Charts explains Encroachment

Encroachment is one of the most commonly called penalites in professional football. Quarterbacks often try to draw these defensive penalties by using a hard count.

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