NFL Extra Point Preseason Experiment

The NFL is moving the extra point back to the 20 yard line for the first two preseason games. The proposed rule change was moving it to the 25 yard line. Instead of a full rule change, the NFL has decided to experiment in the first two preseason games.

This brings up an interesting conversation. While this puts more pressure on the kicker, it also puts more pressure on the field goal holder. The field goal holder is normally the punter. While some might say the holder has a relatively easy job, I would beg to differ. Try holding a ball with large defensive linemen coming at you.

While holding mistakes are rare, you do hear about them from time to time. Punters are good at holding because they obviously catch the ball every time they’re on the field. Holders now have the added pressure of being sure the hold is perfect every time in the first two preseason games because the extra point is no longer short. It’s 38 yards.

This rule is an interesting experiment. The possibilities are interesting. I don’t know if this will work, but we’ll just have to see.

The field goal holder is a very important job.  Image from wikepedia.com

The field goal holder is a very important job.
Image from wikepedia.com

 

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