Report: NFL to experiment with 38-yard extra-point tries in preseason

Wednesday March 26th, 2014

Denver's Matt Prater made a league-high 75 extra points last season. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Denver's Matt Prater made a league-high 75 extra points last season. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The NFL will spot the ball on the 20-yard line for extra-point kicks the first two weeks of the preseason this year, Pro Football Talk reported Wednesday morning.

That will make it a 38-yard try for kickers.

The owners voted down a proposal to move the spot of the ball to the 25-yard line — which would be a 43-yard try — at the owners meetings in Orlando, but this is their compromise.

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Writes PFT's Michael David Smith: "Although the league is probably never going to experiment with any of the wackier extra point proposals like making the player who scored the touchdown kick the extra point, there does seem to be a bit of momentum for changing extra points to make them slightly more challenging — and therefore slightly more interesting for fans."

NFL kickers missed only five of 1,267 extra-point attempts last season (99.6 success rate), while the conversion rate of field goals between 40 and 49 yards was 83 percent.

The success rate for two-point conversions has hovered around 50 percent since coming into the league in 1994.

The league has voted to permanently increase the height of goalposts five feet. In the past, they extended 30 feet above the 10-foot high crossbar.

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