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Ask Farmer: Why is the center allowed to move the ball forward before the snap?

Ask Farmer: Why is the center allowed to move the ball forward before the snap?

Have a question about the NFL? Ask Times NFL writer Sam Farmer, and he will answer as many as he can online and in the Sunday editions of the newspaper throughout the season. Email questions to: sam.farmer@latimes.com

Why is the center allowed to move the ball forward beyond where the umpire placed it when getting ready to snap? That practice seems like an illegal gain of several inches (sometimes up to six inches that I’ve seen) since the center’s position is used by the offensive line to figure where to line up.

Mike Shaw, Whittier

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