The league began its experiment with long extra points during Sunday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey watched with interest, as he will get his first shot at the 33-yard extra point Thursday in San Diego in the team’s preseason opener.
“I was kind of surprised they lined up in the middle,” Bailey said. “I figured most guys would spot it on the hash and kind of mess around with that. It’s just one of those things where we’re just going to have to deal with it the first two [preseason] games, and then obviously from there see what happens. I guess it’s a good opportunity to practice 33-yard field goals is the way I’m looking at it.”
NFL kickers made 99.6 percent of their extra-point attempts last season, missing five of 1,267. Owners voted to experiment during the first half of the preseason, moving the ball from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line for extra points. Kickers made 89.8 percent of their field-goal attempts from 30-39 yards last season.
“The whole principle of the matter, I think, is a little obscure,” Bailey said. “If we’re so good, I don’t understand why that’s a bad thing. I think you ask anybody that knows the game, it’s not as easy as it looks. Yeah, a normal extra point is a 20-yard field goal, but I guarantee you of the 53 guys on the roster, there might be a handful that would be able to make that. It’s definitely not as easy as it looks. If it does take hold and actually is adopted, you’re going to see a lot of games, probably where it has a lot more impact on even decision-making as well as end-of-game situations.”