When Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was asked about exploring the possibility of a new kicker after Josh Scobee missed two kicks in the Steelers 23-20 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens he said he would have to “turn the stones over”.
Looks like the Steelers were turning some stones over on Saturday morning when they held kicking tryouts featuring Chris Boswell and Kai Forbath.
The Steelers’ kicking problems have become a story almost as big as the suspensions of Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant and the injury to Ben Roethlisberger. This problem, if it continues, can make or break the Steelers’ season.
Scobee has gone for just 3-for-7 of field goals beyond 40 yards this season, a spot which was absolutely automatic for Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham, who was lost to the team with an ACL injury suffered in preseason.
The Steelers then signed Garrett Hartley, but he ended up on injured reserve with a hamstring injury prior to the end of the preseason. Finally, the team traded for Josh Scobee before the start of the regular season only to watch him miss four field goals and an extra point.
Adam Caplan of ESPN is reporting that the Steelers have found their fourth kicker of the 2015 season. Apparently Chris Boswell beat out Forbath in tryouts at Heinz Field on Saturday morning and was signed by the team.
Boswell was undrafted out of Rice last season and spent time with the Houston Texans and New York Giants but has never played in a regular-season game.
It should be important to note that conditions this morning in Pittsburgh are cold, windy and rainy, elements that a kicker definitely needs to deal with when kicking in this city.
Hopefully Boswell puts an end to this kicking nightmare the Steelers have had so far this season.
What do you think about the signing of Chris Boswell, Steeler Nation?
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