The NFL rule change moving extra points back to the 15-yard line is both layered, Suisham recently said, and has nothing to do with him, other than that he has to make the kicks. The veteran said it’s too soon to tell how the rule change will affect him and he doesn’t know how HC Mike Tomlin will approach the play. Extra points will be 33-yard kicks with the change, and Suisham is a career 64-of-77 kicker from 30-39-yard range. Of the 13 misses from that range in his 10-year career, only four of those came in his five years with Pittsburgh. Said Suisham, when asked if he thought the new rule made kickers more or less valuable: “I guess it depends on whether you make your kicks or not. Hopefully more valuable. ...” Meanwhile, over the past three years, Suisham has an accuracy percentage above 90 on field-goal attempts and holds the team record for the highest career accuracy with the club.
Shaun Suisham 2014 Outlook
According to the Beaver County Times, Suisham was good from 60 yards on the first day of OTAs this offseason. He subsequently missed from 70 yards after being urged by HC Mike Tomlin to attempt one from that distance, but as SteelersDepot.com suggested, that's not surprising. Suisham’s career-long is 52 yards. Last season he was 30-of-32 on all field goal attempts with both of his misses coming in a Week 8 loss. The good news is, Suisham is the only kicker on the Steelers 90 man roster, so even if the team adds one prior to training camp in order to keep Suisham fresh, it probably won't be an actual competition. Suisham was initially signed by the Steelers as undrafted free agent in 2005 to be a camp leg but was easily beat out by then-incumbent Jeff Reed. After stints with the Redskins and Cowboys, Suisham was signed by the Steelers to replace a struggling Reed midway through the 2010 season. He's held the job ever since. Expect that to continue.