Daily Buzz: NFL considering moving kickers farther back for PATs?
MAR 03, 2014 6:49p ET
Earlier this year, Roger Goodell suggested that the NFL could consider doing away with extra point tries altogether, but a new report is suggesting that the league may ultimately end up settling for a longer PAT attempt instead.
According to Judy Battista at NFL.com, the NFL’s competition committee has discussed moving the line of scrimmage for extra points back to the 25-yard line, meaning PATs would be kicked from 43 yards away.
“There is no consensus yet,” an anonymous committee member told Battista. “We could experiment in preseason, but we are not there yet.”
As it stands, the 2-yard line is the line of scrimmage for extra point kicks. Not coincidentally, kickers converted on 99.6 percent of attempts in the 2013 season, with just five misses in 1,267 tries. According to Battista’s report, the conversion rate for field goals between 40 and 49 yards was 83 percent last year -- a success rate not seen in PATs in more than 50 years.
This latest proposal comes across as more modest than Goodell’s previous suggestion, which was met with pushback from kickers who feared their positions were being eliminated. And though there’s still time for the NFL to consider other ideas to make the extra point more challenging, one thing that’s clear is that the days of the “automatic” PAT are numbered.
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