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Rule change on extra points shouldn't change much for Ravens

There was a reason why Ravens coach John Harbaugh offered little more than a shrug at March's owners meetings when he was asked about the proposal to move extra points back to the 15-yard line.

The Ravens have the utmost confidence in their kicker, Justin Tucker, who has made field goals inside 40 yards look like little more than chip shots during his three years in the NFL. Tucker is 59-for-60 in his career on field goals under 40 yards. The lone exception was a 37-yarder that he hooked wide left during the 2013 season.

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That's why when news broke Tuesday that the rule proposal had passed and extra points will now be the equivalent of 33-yard field goals, my immediate reaction was that it wouldn't change a thing in terms of how the Ravens approach the point after.

Two-point conversion tries will still begin from the 2-yard line, so for teams that have reliable kickers, like the Ravens, I don't see all that much incentive to eschew an extra-point try and go for two. Obviously, the time, score and situation of the game will always be the determinant, and field and weather conditions could factor. But the change certainly doesn't appear to be significant enough to warrant any shift in philosophy.

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The Ravens go into every game with some 2-point plays that they work on and they are not afraid to turn to if they feel they are getting a certain look from the opposition. Harbaugh and the Ravens front office are also always studying league-wide trends, so they'll surely be monitoring how other teams are approaching it.

But I'd be very surprised if this rule change makes a significant impact in the years ahead. Kickers are seemingly getting better every year and ones that can't consistently convert inside 40 yards aren't employed for long.

Tucker made it known in an interview with the team website that he wasn't a big fan of the change. He pointed out how difficult every outdoor kick is when you take into account the elements and field conditions.

But Tucker also surely understands that kickers are a victim of their own success, and he doesn't need to look any further than at his own stat line. Tucker has never missed an extra point in 110 tries. That is bound to change at some juncture, but the NFL might have to push extra points back even further before it does.

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