Originally posted by sacniner:
From what I recall of the play, seems like the right call. Unless someone can put up a GIF. For all intents and purposes, he seemed like a runner. He was running to the LOS, not in a passing stance. Defenses are already at a disadvantage, to not let them hit a QB running in that situation is tough. I just wish it was called consistently. And there is gray area for the ref which is always a bad thing. Although, on that particular play, he seemed as if he was a runner at that point. Doesn't mean he can't still put up a quick, short pass.
He absolutely looked like a runner until he passed the ball, but my contention is that is one cannot simultaneously be a runner and a passer (to me that is contradictory). Since it wasn't a bang bang play, meaning the defender chose to hit him well after he no longer posed a threat, I think he should have been protected as a passer.