Several veteran NFL kickers have come out in opposition of a proposed rule change that would push point-after-touchdown attempts from the two-yard line to the 25-yard line, making it a 43-yard try. It was reported this week that the league’s competition committee would considering experimenting with the rule change this preseason.
“I don't understand the logic: Will it make the game safer for people by moving the extra point back to a 43-yarder? If anything, players are going to rush harder because they're thinking, 'That far of a field goal-type try, we have to go after blocking it more,’” Colts’ kicker Adam Vinatieri told USA Today this week. “If you want to talk about potential risk, more guys get injured on a field goal than extra point. It definitely will change the game. For the better? I'm not sure.”
Meanwhile, Ravens’ kicker Justin Tucker half-jokingly wondered aloud if this is the first step in the league’s phasing out of the kicker position, adding that if that was the case, he’d like a heads-up. So he can hit the weight room.
“If somebody wants to be honest and say they're trying to phase kickers out of the game, I'd appreciate that,” Tucker said, per the league's official website. “I'd start working out and I'd try to get a little faster and I'd work on my hands and become a slot receiver. I want to play the game.”
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