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Chris Boswell

Chris Boswell

Place Kicker #9
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 185 lb.
College:Rice
Age:29
Born:March 16, 1991
Drafted:2014 / UDFA

Chris Boswell: Four points in losing effort

Boswell made his lone field-goal (26 yards) and extra-point attempt in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Boswell was the victim of an underwhelming offense and scored just four points for a third straight game. Still, this was a bounce-back year for Boswell finishing the 2019 season as the eighth highest scoring kicker in the league and third best in the AFC. Playing in all 16 games Boswell tied for first in the league hitting 100 percent of his extra points (28) and third in the league with a 93.5 field goal percentage -- converting 29 of 31 attempts -- with a long of 51 yards. If the Steelers can avoid the multitude of injuries that derailed this season Boswell is a high-upside kicker option in 2020.

December 30, 2019 7:14 AM EST

Chris Boswell: Hurt by offensive struggles

Boswell made his lone field-goal (49 yards) and extra-point attempt in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: This was a repeat of Boswell's performance in Week 15 as Pittsburgh's offense continues to be anemic. Although he scored 11 points against Baltimore earlier this season Boswell shouldn't be counted on by fantasy owners still playing in Week 17.

December 22, 2019 3:19 PM EST

Chris Boswell: Four points in defensive battle

Boswell made his lone field-goal (49) and PAT in Pittsburgh's 17-10 loss to Buffalo on Sunday night.

Analysis: Coming into the contest the Bills had allowed the least fantasy points to opposing kickers (3.7 per game) so it was no surprise that Boswell would have few scoring opportunities. On a personal note, the field goal was the 125th of his career -- fourth-most in franchise history. Boswell has a more attractive game in Week 16 as opposing kickers average 7.4 fantasy points per game against the Jets.

December 16, 2019 7:47 AM EST

Chris Boswell: Stays hot in win

Boswell made all three of his field-goal tries (25, 30, 37) and both his extra-point attempts in Pittsburgh's 23-17 win over Arizona on Sunday.

Analysis: Boswell capped Pittsburgh's first possession -- a 13 play drive -- with a field goal to start the scoring. Less than 90 seconds later he booted a PAT to give the Steelers a 10-0 lead. Pittsburgh hosts Buffalo in Week 15 and Boswell is one of only 16 players still on Pittsburgh's active roster from the last game between these two teams. Although he has been nearly perfect this season fantasy owners may want to find another kicking option as the Bills yield the fewest fantasy points to opposing kickers (3.7 per game).

December 8, 2019 9:29 PM EST

Chris Boswell: Perfect again in win

Boswell made both his field-goal attempts (29, 39) and both his extra-point tries in Pittsburgh's 20-13 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

Analysis: Trailing 10-0 with under three minutes remaining in the first half, Boswell finally got the Steelers some points with his 39-yard field goal. After a quick three-and-out by the Browns he capped a 69-yard drive that took under a minute and ended with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Devlin Hodges to James Washington to tie the game at 10-10. Boswell has been nearly perfect all season converting all 23 extra point attempts and 23 of 25 field goal tries (92%). Only Josh Lambo has a better field goal success rate this season among kickers with 25 or more attempts. Boswell should have ample scoring opportunities against a Cardinals team that allows the third most points per game.

December 1, 2019 6:49 PM EST

Chris Boswell: Kicks team to victory

Boswell made all three of his field-goals (26, 26, 47) and his lone extra-point in Pittsburgh's 16-10 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.

Analysis: After suffering his first missed kick under 50 yards last week and averaging just three points in the previous two games Boswell delivered a nice effort in an otherwise low-scoring affair. With several players still mending -- and questions as to who will be under center for Pittsburgh in Week 13 -- fantasy owners should look elsewhere for a kicker against a Cleveland team that held Boswell to one point two weeks ago.

November 24, 2019 3:57 PM EST

Chris Boswell: One point in loss

Boswell made his only PAT in Pittsburgh's 21 - 7 loss to Cleveland Thursday night.

Analysis: Pittsburgh looked inept offensively snapping a four-game win streak and Boswell was not immune to the struggle. He pushed his only field-goal attempt wide left and had his fewest points in a game since 2016. Pittsburgh has concerns with several players hurting and quarterback Mason Rudolph struggling heading into Week 12 but Cincinnati allows the second most in the league to opposing kickers.

November 14, 2019 11:00 PM EST

Chris Boswell: Six points in win

Boswell hit his only field-goal (20) and all three PATs in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: With Devlin Hodges making his first NFL start and the offense already without Jaylen Samuels (concussion) and James Washington (shoulder) Pittsburgh still managed to jump out to a 24-0 lead, with Boswell converting all his kicks. After losing James Conner (quadricep) the offense sputtered, and Boswell didn't get another opportunity to score in the final 23 minutes. With a Week 7 bye, the offense has time to heal heading into a Week 8 matchup with the 0-5 Dolphins.

October 13, 2019 10:35 PM EST

Chris Boswell: Remains perfect

Boswell made all three of his field-goals (29, 33, 41) and both PATs in Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Boswell is now perfect in six straight games dating back to last season, with two or more field goals in five of those games. The offense has been erratic and will likely be led by rookie Devlin Hodges in Week 6 against a Chargers defense that allows opposing kickers just four fantasy points per game, fifth fewest in league.

October 6, 2019 10:21 PM EST

Chris Boswell: Stays hot in blowout win

Boswell hit both his field-goals (29, 49) and all three PATs in Monday night's 27-3 win over Cincinnati.

Analysis: Boswell is one of only four kickers without a miss this season, hitting all seven field-goals and all seven PATs through the first four games. The offense has averaged 24 points per game since Pittsburgh's awful 33-3 Week 1 loss to New England as they head into a Week 5 game against division rival Baltimore. In two games against Baltimore last season Boswell averaged just 5.5 fantasy points.

September 30, 2019 10:34 PM EST

Chris Boswell: Remains perfect

Boswell successfully made both his field-goals (26,46) along with both his PATs in Sunday's 24-20 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: After an awful 2018 campaign that had him competing to keep his job this preseason, Boswell looks more like the kicker that was named to the Pro Bowl in 2017. He remains perfect through three games, hitting all five of his field-goals and all four of his PATs. While Boswell appears to have worked out his kicking issues the offense continues to struggle, averaging less than 17 points per game -- 10 fewer points per game than last season -- making him a risky fantasy play in Week 4 against the Bengals.

September 22, 2019 10:26 PM EST

Chris Boswell: Perfect in disappointing loss

Boswell made both field-goal attempts (33, 41) and both PATs in Pittsburgh's 28-26 loss to Seattle on Sunday.

Analysis: The Steelers suffered numerous injuries while falling to 0-2, and it won't get any easier in Week 3 against the 2-0 49'ers. If fantasy owners haven't already done so, now might be the time to pursue other kicking options.

September 15, 2019 3:57 PM EST

Chris Boswell: Game flow limits opportunities

Boswell made his lone field-goal (19) attempt in Pittsburgh's 33-3 loss to New England on Sunday.

Analysis: The Steelers were already trailing 27-0 when the only points they could generate came on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line with 10:17 remaining in the third quarter. The offense should turn things around, providing Boswell with the opportunity to put up big fantasy numbers but until they do there are better kicking options available.

September 8, 2019 11:21 PM EST

Chris Boswell: Perfect in win

Boswell hit both his field-goal attempts (33, 47) and his lone PAT in the Steelers' 30-28 preseason win over the Buccaneers on Friday.

Analysis: Just as head coach Mike Tomlin has stated, Boswell alternated kicking opportunities with Matthew Wright in a competition that is expected to last all of preseason. One missed kick could be the difference, as could their performance on kickoffs. Pittsburgh was 20th in the league in touchback percentage last season and Boswell failed to record a touchback in three tries against Tampa Bay.

August 10, 2019 1:05 PM EST

Chris Boswell: Embedded in competition

Boswell will split snaps evenly with rookie Matthew Wright during Friday's preseason contest against the Buccaneers, Chris Adamski of triblive.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Mike Tomlin said the team's intention is to switch players "every other kick, regardless of circumstances." Boswell, who was named to the Pro Bowl in 2017, appears to be facing legitimate competition for the starting role following a poor 2018 campaign in which he converted only 13 of 20 field-goal attempts. Pittsburgh's kicker competition will be worth monitoring throughout the preseason.

August 7, 2019 9:53 AM EST

Chris Boswell: Defers roster bonus

Boswell agreed to defer his $2 million roster bonus until the end of the preseason, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Coming off an ugly season with seven missed field goals and five missed extra points, Boswell likely would've been released if he hadn't agreed to push the bonus back from March. He'll now have a chance to regain his stellar 2015-17 form, competing against Matthew Wright for the kicker job in Pittsburgh. Boswell returned healthy for OTAs after missing Week 17 of last season with a groin injury.

May 29, 2019 5:55 AM EST

Chris Boswell: Will have competition

General manager Kevin Colbert indicated that Boswell (groin) will have competition for his position ahead of the upcoming season, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.

Analysis: Boswell is due a $2 million roster bonus in March, so if he sticks around through the offseason to actually "have competition," he'd probably still have a long leash entering the preseason. The hope is that Boswell can return to his 2017 Pro Bowl form.

February 21, 2019 8:19 AM EST

Chris Boswell: Expected back in 2019

Boswell (groin) is expected to be on the roster entering training camp, but he may have competition in 2019, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Analysis: Boswell ended the 2018 season on injured reserve after appearing in 15 games. He had the worst year of his career this year, going 13-for-20 on field goals this season after hitting on 89 percent of his kicks during his first-three seasons. He'll look to bounce back as he enters his age-28 season in 2019.

January 24, 2019 3:18 PM EST

Chris Boswell: Was sidelined with groin injury

A groin injury was at the root of Boswell's placement on injured reserve prior to Sunday's 16-13 win over the Bengals, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: The legitimacy of Boswell's groin issue is somewhat questionable, as the 27-year-old had displayed uncharacteristically poor accuracy through the Steelers' first 15 games but was never regular featured on the team's injury reports prior to being shut down. In any case, after signing a four-year extension in August, Boswell is in danger of losing his roster spot for good in 2019 after converting only 13 of his 20 field-goal attempts and 43 of 48 extra-point tries before landing on IR. Further hurting Boswell's future within the organization was the fact that the replacement kicker the Steelers signed for the game against Cincinnati, Matt McCrane, nailed all of his kicks, including one from 49 yards out. Pittsburgh is expected to decide on Boswell's fate within the next several weeks, as he'll be due a $2 million roster bonus in March.

December 31, 2018 12:13 PM EST

Chris Boswell: Looks to rebound in 2019

Boswell, who was placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury prior to Pittsburgh's 16-13 Week 17 win over Cincinnati, finished the season having made 13 of 20 field-goals and 43 of 45 PATs.

Analysis: His 65 percent success rate on field-goals was the lowest in the league among kickers with 20 or more attempts, and well below his career average of 89.5 percent entering the season. Boswell was signed to a hefty long-term contact after last season -- with over $7 million guaranteed -- so despite his awful season there is a strong chance he will be back kicking for Pittsburgh in 2019.

December 30, 2018 6:36 PM EST

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