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The NFL wants to make kicking harder

The league is putting microchips in footballs in an effort to study moving the uprights closer together.

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NFL is going to study making narrower uprights. The Toronto Sun talked to Dean Blandino, the NFL’s senior vice president of officiating, who confirmed that the league is looking into putting microchips in footballs in order to study how close they travel to the uprights. For now, the testing will be limited to preseason games, but could be expanded to Thursday games and others. Once the NFL has enough data, the competition committee will take up the issue next spring.

NFL bigwigs thinking the kicking game is too easy is not new. Last year the league moved extra points back to the 15-yard line. It worked; kickers missed a total of 71 attempts after missing just eight the year before. The NFL declared it a success, but now it appears they might not be done.

You know what would eliminate the headache of narrowed uprights and longer extra points? Going for two. Just do it.

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