Alex Henery ready for longer PAT format

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles, especially kickers Alex Henery and Carey Spear, will get their first look at the longer extra point conversion being considered by the NFL.

Instead of a 20-yard distance, kickers must make 33-yard PATs during the first two weeks of the preseason. The league will then evaluate whether to make the new distance permanent.

"It’s pretty hard to miss from where the extra point was," Henery said. "Now it’s just a little bit farther. As long as it’s not windy, it should be pretty makeable."

Kickers missed just five of 1,267 point after attempts during the 2013 season. That is a 99.6-percent success rate. During his three seasons with the Eagles, Henery has missed just one of his 117 attempts.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he didn’t know whether the greater distance would make for more 2-point conversions. Those would still be attempted from the 2-yard line.

"I don’t think in the preseason," Kelly said. "I think everybody’s going to kick them because you want to see what your kicker can do. I mean, the statistics will tell you when you back it up, the percentages aren’t as high as they were. I think they should narrow the goalposts if they want to make it a little bit (tougher), but no one asked me."

"If you want to make it more difficult," Henery agreed, "that would be the way to do it."

Henery has competition in this year’s training camp. Spear was signed as an undrafted rookie from Vanderbilt. Kelly and his staff like Henery’s accuracy, but would like to see deeper kickoffs.

"What he does, he does," Henery said. "I’m more worried about how I perform day to day. Whether you’re here by yourself or you’re here with someone else, there’s always someone out there who could come in and take your job. So it’s more I’m worried about myself than I am worried about what’s going on around me."

Henery said he has changed the way he strides to the ball in order to get more distance on his kickoffs.

"I wouldn’t say it’s more strength," Henery said. "It’s maybe more technique to hit it farther. Your leg’s always pretty strong at the beginning of the year. It’s one of those things you try to maintain as the year goes on. I think that’s more the big thing rather than gaining a lot of strength. I’m more worried about my accuracy than anything."