After the NFL indicated in January that it was considering the elimination of the extra point, the NFL Competition Committee is now apparently mulling a longer kicker as an alternative. Reports surfaced yesterday that the NFL may experiment with an extra point attempt from the 25 yard line, instead of the current placement at the 2 yard line.
Extra points would become a 42 yard attempt in an effort to make the kick something less than automatic. Kickers converted 99.6 percent of extra points this past season, missing only five of 1,267 attempts.
Although there is no consensus on this new, longer kick attempt, it is likely to be a key consideration as the NFL explores various options to changing the current extra point procedure.