Extra 13 yards on PATs can look like long distance to Chiefs' Cairo Santos

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The difference between points after touchdown kicking attempts from 20 and 33 yards might seem slight, and the numbers from 2014 would bear that out. NFL teams made 29 of 31 field goal attempts, or 95.1 percent, from 33 yards last season while the success rate on PATs from 20 yards was 99.3 percent.

But those additional 13 yards can seem at times like a long distance to Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos, who this week explained the difference.

"I think [with] the 20-yarder you can get away with miss-hits," Santos said. "They'll still go in. But [from] 33, it starts to get in that awkward range where a miss-hit might not go in."

It's an issue for Santos, the Chiefs and the NFL's other kickers and teams because of the rule change that puts the ball on the 15-yard line instead of the 2 for a PAT kick. That makes the kick from 33 yards instead of 20.

So it's more than a little interesting that the first time Santos and the place-kicking team worked during offseason practice this week, all 10 of his kicks were from 33 yards out.

That's not a coincidence.

"We just have to adjust," Santos said. "They'll make the rules and we just have to keep kicking. And we went through it last preseason, so it's not something completely strange or out of nowhere. We'll just be out here practicing and getting comfortable with that feel of lining up. Now we'll be kicking from the 23-yard line instead of the 10-yard line, so it's just getting comfortable with that feeling. It's the same thing, it's the same kick. So now we just have to do it for one point."

The Chiefs were one of seven NFL teams that did not attempt a field goal from 33 yards last season. Santos made all 38 of his one-point kicks from 20 yards.