OXNARD, Calif. – The Cowboys have an elite kicker in Dan Bailey, and they plan to trust him.
Head coach Jason Garrett said the team will continue to kick extra points "most of the time" despite the NFL's rule change that moves the line of scrimmage from the 2-yard line to the 15.
The new rule also allows the defense to return a blocked kick or a fumbled/intercepted two-point conversion attempt for two points.
Under the old rule, Bailey was a perfect 179-for-179 and the league had a 99-percent overall conversion rate. The equivalent of a 33-yard field goal might tempt teams to try more two-point conversions.
The Cowboys scored 56 touchdowns last year without a two-point attempt.
"Dan is a great kicker and that whole operation has been really good for us," Garrett said. "We have a tremendous amount of confidence in him, but it'll be interesting to see as games unfold if other teams start going for two more and that gets us kind of off the traditional number in a game and it might invite you to go for two because of game circumstances.
"But I think for the most part we'll probably just kick most of our PATs. But again, you have to be ready for those circumstances on both sides of the ball."[embeddedad0]
On field goal attempts between 30 and 39 yards, Bailey is a career 38-for-40, with a 35-yard attempt blocked last year.
In Tuesday's practice, he again was perfect on field goal tries between 35 and 42 yards.