NFL owners vote to move extra point try to 15-yard line
NFL owners voted on Tuesday to approve a proposal to change the extra point try to the 15-yard line, NFL head of officials Dean Blandino said.
Additionally, the defense will have the opportunity to return a blocked kick for two points. Two-point conversion attempts will still be from the 2-yard-line, as extra point kicks had been previously.
The owners of the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders voted against the changes, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports. Three-fourths of owners had to approve the changes for it to pass.
The owners considered three proposals for changing the extra point when they hold their spring meetings this week: One by the New England Patriots, one by the Philadelphia Eagles and one by the league's competition committee. The competition committee's proposal is the one that was approved.
The Patriots had proposed snapping the ball from the 15-yard line for an extra point kick or trying a two-point conversion from the 2-yard line.
The Eagles also proposed an extra point try from the 15-yard line, but suggested moving moving a two-point conversion attempt to the 1-yard line. Philadelphia also proposed the defense being allowed to score points if a two-point attempt results in a turnover taken to the opposite end zone.
Some of the early extra point change proposals that did not end up being voted on by owners included a "bonus field goal" from 50 yards out and a mandatory two-point conversion attempt after an automatic seven points for a touchdown.
- Molly Geary