Report: NFL exploring (much) longer extra point attempts

Report: NFL exploring (much) longer extra point attempts
March 4, 2014, 9:30 am
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Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath (2) kicks a field goal in the fourth quarter of the game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. The Redskins beat the Cowboys 38-31.

(Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE)

Extra points could get a lot tougher this preseason.

In an attempt to add some intrigue to the game’s least intriguing play, the league is considering having teams line up at the 25-yard line for extra points, instead of the usual two-yard line, NFL.com reported

That would make the extra point a 43-yard attempt instead of a 20-yarder. The league could experiment with the (much) longer extra point during the 2014 exhibition season.

“There is no consensus yet,” one Competition Committee member told NFL.com. “We could experiment in the preseason, but we are not there yet."

Commissioner Roger Goodell said in January that the league had discussed eliminating the extra point because it was too automatic. Indeed, kickers converted 99.6-percent of the 1,267 attempts in 2013. And four of the five failed attempts were actually blocked.

Well, moving the ball back to the 25 would certainly make it less automatic. Kickers made only 83-pecent of their kicks between 40-49 yards last season.