Vikings kicker Blair Walsh would have joined the 30-2 majority of NFL owners Tuesday that voted to move the line of scrimmage to the 15 to create 33-yard point-after-touchdown kicks.
The rule change increased the length of a PAT kick by 13 yards and included a provision that will allow the defense to return a blocked or short kick to the opposite end zone for two points. The line of scrimmage for a two-point conversion attempt will remain at the 2, and defenses will have the opportunity to return turnovers for two points.
Walsh showed his enthusiasm for the change on Twitter:
Walsh told the Star Tribune's Matt Vensel he is looking forward to the new challenge.
"Absolutely," Walsh told Vensel. "You've got to be confident in what you do. If somebody was telling you, 'Hey, we're going to make your job just a little bit more important,' why wouldn't you take it? It's a new challenge."
Vensel pointed out:
In the first two weeks of the 2014 preseason, when the NFL tried out the proposed PAT rule, Walsh made all four of his extra points from 33 yards.
In this piece for Fox Sports in 2014, Walsh proposed an even greater distance, 38 yards for PAT kicks.
Last season, Walsh's third in the pros, he was 3-for-3 on 33-yard field goals and 1-for-2 from 38.
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Today marks the one-year anniversary of Minnesota and the new Vikings stadium being awarded Super Bowl LII in 2018. The NFL has announced four cities — Miami, New Orleans, Atlanta and Tampa — as finalists for the championships that will be played in 2019 and 2020, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. That news was accompanied by an "if" scenario for Los Angeles in 2020, Rapoport reported, if a stadium has been placed and at least one team has relocated there by 2018.