New England Patriots propose new Extra Point rules

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The New England Patriots are one of several teams proposing new bylaws and potential rule changes for next years NFL season.

A lot of these laws centre around the extra point after a touchdown. Something that has been discussed very heavily over the past month or so.

These changes however mostly make a lot of sense.

Firstly, the Pats have proposed raising the goal posts five feet further up. This would help people to see the kick and make it more challenging. Whilst this is pretty easy and obvious, the fact that it can be voted on by other teams might make it difficult to pass.

Secondly, the Pats have also proposed moving the extra point back to the 25-yard line. Therefore giving a challenge and still having the two-point conversion option as a challenge.

This could be potentially trialled as the NFL Competition committee who meet and vote on these rule changes want to do the same, but only until the 20-yard line.

The Redskins have also been vocal, asking for overtime to be disposed of during the preseason, and raising the amount of active players for a Thursday or Saturday game from Week 2 onwards.

This last one is pretty interesting as teams often don't have a full recovery of health within the 4 days between Sunday games and Thursday games, making them very hard viewing for fans and hard going for the players.

There will also have to be some moves around how bye weeks would work with this rule as well but you can expect that it will certainly be a welcome suggestion.

In more somber suggestions, certainly after this years revelations of language used in taunting by teams that there will be rules that limit the use of racial slurs, specifically the N-word.

The committee will vote on these next week and there's sure to be some passed.

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