Chris Boswell keeps same mindset in officially retaining Steelers’ kicking job, earning bonus
Chris Boswell had 2 million reasons to hold on to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ kicking job. He insists none of them factored in to him ultimately doing so.
“If I’m thinking about money every time I am kicking,” Boswell said after the first practice of the regular season Monday, “something is going to go wrong.
“So I am just happy to be here and I am going to take it day by day.”
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Boswell held off rookie challenger Matthew Wright and made the 53-man roster after the cutdown purge Saturday. After Boswell struggled last season following the signing of a lucrative contract, the Steelers convinced him to (or demanded he) postpone a $2 million roster bonus from March until after the conclusion of the preseason.
Boswell performed well during practices at Saint Vincent as well as during preseason games. Wright looked good, too, but Boswell did not give any indication he deserved to lose the gig he’s held since October 2015.
“Matt is an incredible dude, both on the field and off, he’s a really genuine guy,” Boswell said. “But I’ve said it before: no matter who they being in, it was me against me, not me against another kicker, because we all get different opportunities throughout the preseason. The kicks are different, so as long as I make mine, that’s what I’m focused on.”
Boswell made two field goals and four extra points, missing none of either, during preseason games. He also attempted several kicks at practice Monday, and he confirmed he did well.
“(Confidence) has been growing every day,” Boswell said. “I have been hitting a really good ball right now.”
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .