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Steelers Now NFL Notebook, July 1

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🏈 4:30 p.m: After defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi signed with the Steelers last week, the video of him knocking down Mason Rudolph during the brawl with Myles Garrett in 2019 went viral on social media. Ogunjobi also backed Garrett’s claim that Rudolph used a racial slur against him.

Many wondered if this would make things awkward for Rudolph and Ogunjobi, but the past beef is water under the bridge now, as Ogunjobi revealed on SiriusXM NFL Radio that Rudolph reached out to him along with several other Steelers players. 

With the Steelers signing Mitch Trubisky in free agency and drafting Kenny Pickett in the first round, Rudolph could become expendable, but it’s good for all parties that the melee in Cleveland in November of 2019 is stuck in the past.

Steelers DT Larry Ogunjobi

CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 08: Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi (65) leaves the field following the National Football League game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns on December 8, 2019, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

🏈 11 a.m:  Chris Boswell has been pretty much automatic ever since his rough patch in 2018 when he converted just 65% of his field goals. Over the last three years, he’s emerged as one of the top kickers in the league, so it was fitting that John Breech of CBS Sports had Boswell ranked as his second-best kicker in the league, behind just Ravens’ kicker Justin Tucker, who might be in Canton someday.

“Boswell was one of the NFL’s best kickers during his first three years in the league (2015-17), and he’s returned to that form over the past three years, which seems to indicate that the 2018 season was an anomaly,” Breech wrote. “One other reason Boswell is ranked so high is because he’s never missed a single field goal in the playoffs. Over the course of his career, Boswell is 16 of 16, which is the second-most field goals in postseason history without a miss.”

In 2020, Boswell made 19 of 20 field goals and his only miss came from 59 yards out. Two weeks prior to his only miss, Boswell converted a 59-yard field goal against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, which was a career-long. Boswell was 36 of 40 on field goals in 2021 and was 27 of 29 on extra points. Breech notes that Boswell has hit 90% or more of his field goals in each of the past three seasons, which makes him the only kicker in the NFL who has pulled that off.

Pittsburgh Steelers K Chris Boswell

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