Lions K Matt Prater not happy about new extra point rule
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
Lions kicker Matt Prater is concerned that the NFL's new rule moving extra points back to the 15-yard line could have some major effects toward kickers. 

"Am I thrilled about it? No, I don't think any other kicker is," Prater said in an interview with ESPN.com. "You know, they make these rules and they never talk to any of us about it. I don't know. I just feel that eventually they are just trying to weed kicking out of the game completely. It's something we'll have to deal with and hopefully make them all."

He also questioned the motive from the league with making this kind of rule change. 

"I don't know what the owners and (NFL commissioner Roger) Goodell and all them are thinking," Prater said. "But I'm just going to try and do my job and keep my mouth shut for the most part."


Anquan Boldin, five others absent from 49ers OTA practice
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
Six players were absent from the 49ers' OTA practice on Thursday, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Those not present were wide receiver Anquan Boldin, fullback Bruce Miller, offensive linemen Alex Boone and Anthony Davis, punter Andy Lee and kicker Phil Dawson.

OTA practices are voluntary and players are not required to attend.

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman was also not present though he was given the day off by 49ers coach Jim Tomsula. Bowman missed the 2014 season after sustaining an ACL tear during the 2013 playoffs. 


Blair Walsh, Vikings discussing contract extension
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
Vikings kicker Blair Walsh said that he's discussed a contract extension with the team, per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Walsh said there's been "a little bit of communication" about a new deal. 

"I would love to stay a Viking," he said. "This is the team that drafted me and put that faith in me to be an NFL kicker. But at the same time, I’ve had a Pro Bowl year here, I’ve had success and there’s been a lot of long attempts that we’ve made, so the numbers are going to have to be right for both of us. But when it comes down to it, I hope I can stay with the Vikings." 


Giants' kicker on new PAT rules: 'I'm excited'
Josh Brown's job as the Giants' kicker just got harder, but he's not complaining, according to the official team site.

NFL owners approved the competition committee's proposal to move the placement of the football on the extra point attempts form the two to the 15-yard line, making what used to be a 20-yard kick into a  33-yard attempt. Brown sees the change as an opportunity to showcase the skills of a kicker.

“I’m excited about it,” Brown, the Giants’ kicker, said today. “I believe it adds higher value to a person that come out in December in bad weather and still be consistent. Those qualities are still very exciting to me. It’s a play that you won’t turn the TV off for anymore. Every point matters in this game and now with the longer extra point, there’s added difficulty to it. It’s not a gimme. There are levels of excitement that are going to make the game more appealing when scores are very, very tight.”

Brown was perfect last season during extra point attempts, going 44 for 44.


Saints release kicker Shayne Graham
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
The Saints released kicker Shayne Graham on Tuesday, which comes just a few months after he signed a one-year, $970,000 contract. The remaining kickers on the Saints roster are Dustin Hopkins and Zach Hocker.

Graham is a 14-year veteran of the NFL. He appeared in all 16 games for New Orleans in 2014, going 19 of 22 on field goals and 46 of 47 on extra points.


Browns waive K Garrett Hartley, three others
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
The Browns announced Monday that they have waived kicker Garrett Hartley, along with wide receiver Phil Bates, defensive lineman Christian Tupou and defensive back Varmah Sonie, per the Akron Beacon Journal

Hartley was signed by the Browns prior to Week 15 last season and was 3-for-3 in his only field goal attempts. Prior to that, he played for six seasons with the Saints. 


Dolphins cut ties with Heath, Hocker, Rose
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
The Dolphins waived defensive back T.J. Heath, kicker Zach Hocker and defensive back Lowell Rose on Tuesday, the team announced.

Heath and Rose were with the team during the 2014 season, while Hocker was signed in the offseason. 


Kicker Justin Tucker signs tender offer with Ravens
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker signed his second-round restricted free agent tender Thursday, the team announced.

The tender was for $2.356 million. Tucker never received another offer sheet from another team.


K Kai Forbath signs tender with Redskins
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
Kicker Kai Forbath announced on his Twitter and Instagram pages that he signed his tender with the Redskins. 

"Contract signed!! Officially putting on the Burgundy & Gold for another year! #HTTR," he wrote. 

In March, the Redskins extended a $1.54 million tender to Forbath. That's the agreement he signed, according to The Washington Post

Forbath went undrafted in 2011 and became the Redskins' kicker in 2012. With Washington, he's made 88.1 percent of his kicks. 


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