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Josh Scobee: PAT rules change doesn't bother me

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The NFL approved rules changes that will affect extra-point kicks after touchdowns and two-point conversions, but Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee doesn't see it as that big of a deal.

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The NFL owners approved rule changes to the extra point Tuesday at the spring meetings in San Francisco, effectively moving the extra point try to the 15-yard line (instead of the 2-yard line) without moving the yard-line for a two-point conversion attempt.

And while it's a significant change that will result in an increase of missed extra-point tries, Jacksonville Jaguars kicker doesn't see it as that big of a deal.

"Doesn't bother me really," Scobee said shortly after the rules change announcement. "I figured some change was coming so this is the best of the options I heard could happen."

Currently the line of scrimmage for both the extra point and two-point conversion is at the 2-yard line. Kicking the extra point there -- the equivalent of a 20-yard field goal -- essentially makes a touchdown worth seven points because kickers have made at least 99 percent of extra points in each of the last five seasons.

Now the ball will be placed at the 15-yard line for the extra point, making the kick a more difficult 33-yard attempt. Over the last five seasons, teams have made roughly 93 percent of field goals from that distance, meaning that the decision to kick the extra point is no longer a mere formality after scoring a touchdown.

Scobee is a career 70-for-79 from 30-39 yards in his career, missing only once since 2011. Funny enough, he's missed two extra-point conversions in that same time span.

The two-point conversion attempt has also been moved up to the 1-yard line, which would convince teams to go for it more often. Last season, teams had a 57.5 percent success rate both rushing and throwing for touchdowns from the 1-yard line, up from a 47.5 percent success of two-point conversions last year from the two-yard line.

Finally, the ball will be live after the extra point or two-point conversion attempt. This means that the defense has a chance to score two points if they force a turnover.

All in all, it makes the post-touchdown play a much more interesting one from a defensive perspective and will force teams to really consider the personnel they use on extra points and two-point conversion attempts.