On Tuesday the NFL decided that extra points will be taken from the 15-yard line as of next season.
Kickers in the NFL will now have to contend with the much more arduous task of slotting over a 32-yard field goal equivalent for the point after, but the two-point conversion will remain at the two-yard line, thus giving teams an incentive to chance their arm.
The change means that offenses will now be more inclined to go for the two points. To counteract offenses across the league going for the two every time though, the NFL has introduced a rule change that will enable defenses to score off the extra point process courtesy of an interception or fumble return.
The added change has not gone down well with all players in the NFL, particularly kickers. Buffalo Bills kicker Dan Carpenter argued on Thursday that the change will lead to absolute chaos at the line of scrimmage. Carpenter believes that the rule change will be very dangerous for kickers from a player safety standpoint.
“Being on field goal protection is probably the worst job in football. I know that and all my linemen know that,” Bills kicker Dan Carpenter said on SiriusXM NFL Radio, according to ProFootballTalk.
“Well now they just went from a play that there weren’t too many collisions to a play now where not only is the defense coming to take that one point off, but also to add a chance to add two more to their score. For a sport that was trying to cut back on collisions, I think that you’re probably just going to add a few more on those situations.”
PFT writer Michael David Smith says that Carpenter's criticism is a "reach" but in actual fact the kicker's concerns are quite valid.
The kicker is not claiming that a return for a touchdown would cause more collisions, Carpenter is in fact saying that the process of a defense trying to block the kick, which they will do much more now, has the potential to cause chaos.