On Tuesday, the NFL owners voted 30-2 to snap extra points at the 15-yard-line, making the kick 32 or 33 yards. Extra points used to be snapped at the 2-yard line, making them a 19- or 20-yard attempt. The idea behind the move was to make the PAT more challenging for kickers, who made 99.3 percent of them last season.
But the distance may not make a difference to Catanzaro.
As a rookie in 2014, Catanzaro hit all seven of his field-goal attempts from 32 or 33 yards, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He made five from those distances in the first four weeks and one each in weeks 14 and 16.
Catanzaro was perfect up to 33 yards last season, hitting all 12 of his attempts. From 34 yards and longer, he was 17-for-21.
Kickers throughout the league made 96.7 percent of their field goals from 32 or 33 yards in 2014. Since 2001, kickers have made 90.4 percent from either of those distances.
As part of the rule change, the longer extra points will also now be “live,” meaning defenses can return blocked extra points for two points.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he supports the longer extra points.
“I’m all for it,” he said.
But if Arians had it his way, the extra point and two-point conversion would have been moved to the 1.5-yard-line.
He proposed the half-yard change because it would force coaches to think about their strategy for a moment. At the 1.5, Arians said coaches would consider throwing a two-point conversion more than running it. And if the extra points were left at the 2, Arians felt coaches would continue to kick. Arians believes, however, that even by keeping the two-point conversion at the 2-yard-line, there will be a wave of players added to rosters specifically for two-point conversions.
As part of the owners' decision on extra points, the two-point conversion is also now a “live” play, meaning defenses can return fumbles or interceptions for two points.
Under Arians, the Cardinals have been 3-for-9 on two-point conversions, including going 2-for-5 last season. And since 2001, Arizona has converted 32.4 percent of two-point conversion attempts, the second-lowest rate in the league during that time, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
"If you put the ball on the 1, you're going to see a lot of the options," Arians said. "You'll have a specialist guy on your team to go for two. And to stop the option from 1 yard is going to be really tough."