The Patriots proposed four rules changes yesterday on a conference call with the NFL competition committee in anticipation of next week’s owners meetings. The proposals will be further debated and voted upon by the owners in Orlando, Fla.
The Pats proposed to move the line of scrimmage to the 25-yard line for extra points, which would extend the kick by 23 yards into a 42- or 43-yarder. Bill Belichick has harped on his annoyance over the ease of the current kick.
They also proposed to extend the length of the goal posts by 5 feet, likely the result of the controversial conclusion to a 2012 regular-season loss to the Ravens. Justin Tucker’s winning kick sailed directly over the uprights, and the replacement officials told Belichick the play was not reviewable.
Also, the Pats proposed to make all plays challengeable by coaches with the exception of scoring plays, which are already universally reviewed. Finally, they proposed to place fixed cameras on key boundary lines (end zones) for improved replay angles.
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The Dolphins’ half-season rental of Bryant McKinnie ended up being a plus for both sides of the trade. Miami got a starting left tackle for 10 games — which it sorely needed after Jonathan Martin left the team. And the Baltimore Ravens will have an additional seventh-round pick in this spring’s NFL Draft.
There’s been a positive development amid the uncertain state of the Patriots defensive tackles. Armond Armstead is on pace to be ready April 21 when the Pats begin their offseason program, which is a welcome sign after he missed his rookie season due to a mysterious infection. The Pats projected the USC product as the third defensive tackle on the depth chart in 2013, but he was placed on the non-football illness list before training camp and never participated in another practice.
The Jets filled another one of their needs with one of their own Wednesday, re-signing Willie Colon. Colon signed a one-year, $2 million contract, according to a source. Colon started all 16 games at right guard for the Jets last season but tore his biceps tendon in Week 17. Colon, 30, first joined the Jets on a one-year deal last season and was a mediocre right guard but was also a veteran presence in a young locker room. His weakness came on penalties: he was called for 12 penalties in 2013 (including one declined).
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By: Opinion Slater