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Steelers All 91: K Chris Boswell

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All 91 is a Pittsburgh Steelers Now series profiling each of the 91 members of the Steelers 2019 training camp roster.

9 • Chris Boswell, fifth-year kicker

Last year: Perhaps no Steelers returning starter enters training camp in a less-secure position with regards to their job. Boswell, fresh off a contract, had a miserable 2018, cost the Steelers at least three games with questionable misses and was mercifully placed on the injured reserve with a groin injury before the end of the season.

Stats: After making at least 84% of his field goals in each of his first three seasons, Boswell made just 65% (13 for 20) in 2018. He also missed a career-high five extra points.

He was particularly troubled on field goals from 40 to 49 yards. After making at least 75% from that range from 2015-17, he was just 50% a season ago.

Finished with 82 points, tied for second on the team.

Accolades, Highlights:

Was 2 for 2 with a 49-yarder in a three-point win at New Orleans on December 28.

Camp outlook: Mike Tomlin said he is going to find ways to put some pressure on Boswell’s kicks during training camp to try to simulate game situations. Boswell will battle with undrafted rookie Matthew Wright out UCF.

Projected role: Wright’s numbers at UCF weren’t particularly impressive and Boswell has a pretty clear talent edge if he can return to form. If he doesn’t, the Steelers will likely cruise the waiver wire for a more-experienced second option.

Coverage links:

Boswell Staying the Course After Rocky 2018

Gauging the Steelers Confidence in Chris Boswell

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 10/22/20

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Stephon Tuitt practices his footwork and Minkah Fitzpatrick works on his ball awareness as the Steelers defense prepares for their upcoming matchup with the Tennessee Titans.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 10/21/20

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Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson returns to practice and joins star rookie Chase Claypool by running routes and catching passes on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The Steelers hope to show off their dynamic offense at full strength during the team’s game this Sunday against Tennessee.

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Le’Veon Bell Says He’s Never Played with an MVP-Caliber QB

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Kansas City running back Le’Veon Bell spoke with the media Wednesday for the first time since signing with the Chiefs and expressed excitement about the chance to play with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but he may have taken a shot at his former teammate Ben Roethlisberger in the process.

“Patty Mahomes, I’ve never played with a player MVP-wise, so it’s gonna be fun,” Bell said. “I think it’s a lot of weapons, it’s gonna be fun for me.”

While Bell could just be propping up his new teammate, it does appear that the three-time Pro Bowler has already forgotten just how good he had it as a Pittsburgh Steeler.

Roethlisberger has never won an MVP award, but the future Hall of Famer did post MVP-caliber numbers over the five seasons they spent together in Pittsburgh.

From 2013 to 2017, Roethlisberger passed for 21,221 yards and 138 touchdowns, as the Steelers went a combined 48-24 when he was under center. Bell was a clear beneficiary of Roethlisberger’s production. Not only did he rush for 5,336 yards and 35 scores as a Steelers, but he also caught 312 passes for 2,660 yards and seven touchdowns.

Bell signed with Kansas City last week after being released by the New York Jets following a disappointing 17 games with the franchise. The two-time All-Pro rushed for just 863 yards and three touchdowns as a Jet. He had no rushes over 19 yards while playing under head coach Adam Gase, and did not post a single 100-yard rushing performance in New York.

Pittsburgh selected Bell in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but the two sides were unable to agree to a long-term extension following a productive five years. Bell sat out the entirety of the 2018 season before signing a free agent contract with New York. He is fourth in Steelers history with 5,335 rushing yards and 35 rushing touchdowns

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