|In the NFL. What is the difference between encroachment and offsides?|
Encroachment is when a defensive player crosses the line of scrimmage and touches an offensive player OR forces the offensive player to back up to defend themselves.
They are essentially the same thing and the penalty is the same, 5 yards.
the line of scrimmage ideally the defensive players are supposed to allow 1 yd buffer zone where they can line up if they line up within this 1 yd they are guilty of encroachment.
encroachment is when u jump offsides then jump back when offsides u jump and carry out the play
Adam C. already has the right answer.
I will add on my on inquiry: How does "neutral zone infraction" play into this? (I would say both are infractions of the neutral zone)
encroachment is just like false start except on the defensive side of the ball. It is when the defense jumps and makes contact with an offensive player before the ball is snapped. Offsides is when either side of the ball moves before the ball is snapped but does not make contact with the players on the other side of the ball.