A longer extra point attempt will face all kickers in the National Football League this coming season – that is a change that was long overdue.
Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro, now entering his second NFL campaign, isn't fazed by the new NFL rule for kickers – starting this coming season, the ball will be snapped from the 15-yard line instead of the one.
Catanzaro is taking the new rule in stride.
"What it comes down to is that kicking is kicking,” Catanzaro said via the team's website. “It’s me, the ball and my target. That doesn’t change much. Nothing changes technique-wise. Rules are rules, and I am ready for the challenge.”
The numbers back up his confident attitude. Last season, the University of Clemson product went 7-for-7 on field goals between 30 and 33 yards – at the 15, it will likely be a 33-yard attempt for extra points – and in the past 10 seasons, Arizona kickers have made 45 of 46 field goals from that distance.
Two-point conversion attempts will still be snapped at the 2-yard line, although the move would seem to squash any attempt of a fake kick on extra points. With little fear of a fake, edge rushers can now come off harder.Read more... Join the Conversation...