Extra-point attempts to be from 33 yards for first 2 weeks of preseason

The first two weeks of the preseason will feature 33-yard extra-point attempts. (USATSI)
The first two weeks of the preseason will feature 33-yard extra-point attempts. (USATSI)
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During the NFL owners meetings last month, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said that the extra point lacked "competition." Probably had something to do with the fact that they're successful 99 percent of the time. As a result, the competition committee eventually decided to move extra-point attempts to the 15 yard-line for the first two weeks of the preseason.

And while a 33-yarder is still a chip shot for NFL kickers, it's slightly more "competitive."

Originally, the plan was to move the extra point back to the 20-yard line, but that was amended in recent days.

We're not sure why the kick is now five yards closer (a 38-yard attempt is converted 87 percent of the time), but at this pace, the extra point will be back at the two-yard line by the time the preseason gets here.

In slightly related but much more important news, Ed won't be the only Hochuli officiating NFL games this fall.

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