After the NFL announced changes to the rules regarding PATs, the Green Bay Packers, like the rest of the league, will have to develop new strategies on what they should do after scoring a touchdown.
Kicking an extra point has almost always been what teams choose to do. In 2014, there were 1230 attempted extra points, as opposed to just 59 two-point conversions. When kickers were making extra points with a 99 percent success rate, the decision was never that hard to make.
But now, coaches will have a slightly more difficult time choosing whether or not to go for two. Extra points will now be 33 yards long. Over the last ten seasons, that field goal has been converted just under 92 percent of the time.
Packers kicker Mason Crosby is the obvious answer for the Green Bay player who will be most affected by the rule change. Over the course of his eight-year career, Crosby has converted 99 percent of his extra point attempts, missing just four. But when a field goal is between 30 and 39 yards, his career average is at just 87 percent.
While that number does not completely reflect how Crosby will fare with the new PATs (as some of his misses came from 34-39 yards, which is further than the new extra point), it is reasonable to expect that he will miss more PATs than in the past. The five blocked kicks in 2014, including two blocked extra points, could also be concerning if the Packers do not address that issue in the upcoming season. Read more... (744 words, estimated 2:59 mins reading time)
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