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Despite longer try, Jason Garrett expects same PAT approach for Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys have a lot of confidence in Dan Bailey on the new, longer extra points as well as field goals.
The Dallas Cowboys have a lot of confidence in Dan Bailey on the new, longer extra points as well as field goals. Star-Telegram

. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett isn’t expecting to go for two-point conversions more often even though the NFL has lengthened PAT attempts this season.

Instead of PATs being snapped from the 2-yard line as in years past, they will be pushed back to the 15. But Garrett doesn’t expect that to alter his approach, particularly with one of the league’s most accurate kickers in Dan Bailey.

“I anticipate us kicking our PATs, obviously, most of the time,” Garrett said. “Dan is a great kicker and that whole operation has been really good for us. We have a tremendous amount of confidence in him, but it’ll be interesting to see as games unfold if other teams start going for two more and that gets us kind off the traditional number in a game.

“It might invite you to go for two because of game circumstances, but I think for the most part we’ll probably just kick most of our PATs.”

The Cowboys did not attempt a two-point conversion last season.

Bailey has been perfect on PAT attempts so far in his career, going 179 for 179 on them. From 33 yards and in, the length of the new PAT, Bailey has been near perfect – he’s missed only once from that distance or shorter (a 21-yard attempt in Sept. 2011 at San Francisco).

On the whole, NFL kickers have made 99 percent of their extra points from the 2-yard line, including going 1,222 of 1,230 last season.

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760

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