Chris Boswell is enduring a tough season nevertheless it seems the Pittsburgh Steelers are sticking with the struggling kicker, in response to a report by ESPN on Thursday.
Boswell has missed a complete of 11 kicks this season — 5 further factors and 6 subject objectives. He’s 10-for-16 on subject objectives this season. He missed two subject objectives and slipped on the turf in Oakland when lining up for a 40-yard subject objective as time expired in a 24-21 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.
Earlier this week, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin stated he would “discover choices” and “that included Chris” and on Wednesday, veterans Kai Forbath and Matt McCrane have been introduced in to audition.
“We acknowledge that Chris has struggled. He has struggled to search out constant footing,” Tomlin stated. “We’re keen to discover choices that give us one of the best probabilities of the ball going by means of the uprights this week. That being stated, these choices embody Chris.”
Forbath was launched by the Minnesota Vikings in August in favor of Daniel Carlson, though the rookie was lower a number of weeks later after lacking three field-goal makes an attempt — together with two in additional time — in a 29-29 tie with the Inexperienced Bay Packers.
The 31-year-old Forbath made 32-of-38 field-goal makes an attempt and 34-of-39 extra-point tries final season. He went 116-for-136 on his field-goal makes an attempt with the Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints and Vikings.
McCrane has kicked for each the Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders this season, making 5-of-9 field-goal makes an attempt and all eight extra-point tries.
Boswell joined the Steelers by successful a 2015 tryout competitors towards Forbath.
He entered this season with an 89.5 profession proportion and made a career-high 92.1 % of his makes an attempt final season when he earned a Professional Bowl choice. In his first three seasons, Boswell missed simply three further factors however struggled considerably from distances of 40 to 49 yards by going 3-for-Eight from that vary this season after the ill-fated try in Oakland.
“I have been in that scenario earlier than,” Boswell stated Wednesday. “I got here right here off the road. I used to be lower many occasions earlier than that. I’ve form of at all times had my again towards the wall since popping out of school.”
In August, Boswell was signed to a five-year contract extension price roughly $20 million. The brand new contract included a $6 million signing bonus and if the Steelers lower him, Boswell would rely $4.Eight million in useless cash on the wage cap subsequent season.