NFL to experiment with longer extra point
Kicker Mason Crosby: Morgan Crawzford. Image by Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Mason Crosby will have a new challenge when he takes to the field to kick field goals and extra points in preseason for the Green Bay Packers.
The NFL has approved moving the line of scrimmage for extra points to the 20 yard line instead of the 2.5 yard line, making them 37 yards instead of the previous 20-yard kick.
Those longer extra points will only be put in effect in the first two preseason games.
According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Mike Vandermause:
Also, PAT experiment in first 2 weeks of preseason: ball will be moved to 20, meaning 38-yard PAT attempt.— Mike Vandermause (@MikeVandermause) March 26, 2014
Normal PAT 99.6% success rate. 38-yard field goals 90% success rate. 43-yard field goal 87% rate, according to Murphy.— Mike Vandermause (@MikeVandermause) March 26, 2014
The goalposts will become taller as well, with uprights reaching 35 feet high.