Which NFL Teams Are Most Affected by the New PAT Rule Change?

May 23, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Kickers aren't real football players. 
OK. These specialists hold a spot on the 53-man active roster like any other position, but they aren't making tackles—unless they're the Indianapolis Colts' Pat McAfee during a kickoff. They're not completing passes or running for touchdowns. Because of the position's lack of physical confrontations, kickers simply aren't viewed in the same vein as other players on the team. 
Yet the position holds an inordinate amount of influence. This will only increase with the unveiling of the new extra-point alignment. Some teams will benefit, while others might struggle to make the adjustment. 
On Tuesday, NFL owners voted in favor of pushing extra points to the 15-yard line, which is 13 yards beyond the traditional spot. Instead of a short 20-yard kick, NFL officials wanted to infuse some excitement into the routine play by adding more room for error, which has created a philosophical rift. 
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