By Mary Cunningham
The NFL owners are about to incentivize going for two points after a touchdown.
The Eagles signed Tim Tebow.
Is it possible there is a connection?
Eagles coach Chip Kelly loved going for two points during his coaching days at Oregon. He knows Tebow can be a two-point specialist if nothing else.
Bring back the jump pass!
The NFL, at its owners meetings May 18-20 in San Francisco, is expected to amend its extra-point rules for the 2015 season. The proposal that seemed to have the most traction as the owners, coaches and top executives adjourned from their league meetings last month in Phoenix: Move the one-point extra point back 13 yards to a 33-yard kick and nudge the two-point conversion in a half-yard from the 2-yard line to the 1 1/2.
It was not unrealistic to expect the multi-option Tebow to convert three of four, two-pointers in a game for six points. Make four of four kicks and it’s four points.
Tebow rushed for four touchdowns of 2 yards or less in his two Denver Bronco seasons and was two-of-two in two-point rushing attempts during his magical 2011 season.
Tebow’s chances of claiming an Eagles’ season-opening roster spot seem remote. But if the league adopts a two-point conversion enhancement next month, his chances increase.