Lions Kicker Matt Prater Thinks the NFL Will Do Away with Kickers Someday

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The NFL recently adopted a rule change that will move extra-point kicks from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line this season. Lions kicker Matt Prater thinks the NFL also is trying to move something else: Kickers out the door, Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press reports.

“I feel eventually that they’re just going to take kicking out of the game completely,” he said, “which is fine with me as long as I’m done playing.”

The point-after-touchdown rule change still allows a two-point conversion to be attempted from the 2-yard line but also allows the defense to return a turnover for two points. Prater isn’t a fan, but he understands why league owners voted for the new rule.

“They want to make a more exciting play and give the defense an opportunity to score and everything,” he said. “So I see where they’re going with it. But I’m not a huge fan. All kick them and make them.”

“It’s just like anything else, you know?” Prater said. “Guys have success with such a high percentage on the extra points you almost get punished for it for having success. There’s other plays that are almost guaranteed, too, and they’re not messing with that.”

Prater said he will be curious to see how coaches, especially in outdoor stadiums, factor in poor conditions on their PAT choices late in the season.

“I think it’s going to affect teams like Green Bay, Chicago, Pittsburgh,” he said. “It’s cold, windy, the grass is torn up late in the year. I think that’s when the coaches are really going to have to decide if it’s a guaranteed kick instead of going for it from the 2 and getting the two points. I’m interested to see what coaches do as far as whether they’re kicking the extra point or going for the two or whatnot, especially late in the year.”

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