Justin Tucker not a fan of XP rule change

In an interview with the team's official website, Justin Tucker admitted he wasn't too thrilled with the NFL's decision to move extra points back to the 15-yard line.

Only two teams voted against moving the extra point play back to the 15-yard line.

Neither of those two teams were the Ravens. However, that hasn't stopped kicker Justin Tucker from voicing his displeasure over the rule change. In an interview with the team's website, Tucker said this adds even more stress to an already stressful position.

“I think the idea is to add excitement to every single play, but really what it does is make every kicker’s job a little bit harder,” Tucker said. “We play in the AFC North and we play almost every single game outside. This is a tough division to play football in in general. It takes maybe a little bit more mental toughness than playing in a dome 10 games a year.”

Tucker said the most stressful kick he's ever had to make was in the AFC Championship and that it wasn't the game-winning field goal in double overtime. It was an extra point to tie the game at 35-35 to send the game into extra minutes.

The reason this rule change happened was it became rare for teams to miss extra points. So instead of attempting what were point-blank kicks from 17 yards out, teams will now kick them from 32 yards away. That makes the extra point try significantly harder and not as given as before.

Tucker has practically been automatic in his career up to this point from 40 yards. In three seasons, he's made 31 of 32 kicks from that distance. However, from that distance, it does increase the likelihood of a miss. And that will place more pressure on kickers around the league to become accustomed to nailing each and every try from this distance.


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