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Signing K Chris Boswell pays dividends for Pittsburgh Steelers

By The Sports Xchange   |   Jan. 12, 2016 at 1:09 AM
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PITTSBURGH - The best in-season signing OF 2015 might belong to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The team released place kicker Josh Scobee after four games and signed Chris Boswell, who failed to make an NFL roster the previous two summers.

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Boswell became one of the best kickers in the NFL. He missed only three field goals during the regular season and was 4 for 4 in the wild-card game against the Cincinnati Bengals. His 35-yarder with 14 seconds left gave the Steelers the 18-16 victory.

"It was a big-time kick, easily the biggest kick of his career so far," veteran long snapper Greg Warren said. "As well as he has played it probably won't be the biggest kick of his career going forward. Man, he's had a heck of a start of his career. I'm very proud of what he's done."

Warren said Boswell is successful because he stays on an even keel. He doesn't get too high with the highs or too low with the lows.

"He's got a great demeanor," Warren said. "He's got exactly what it takes to be a great kicker in this league."

--If the Steelers must play another game without running back DeAngelo Williams they will have confidence in Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman. Those two filled in admirably in the running and passing game.

Toussaint had 58 yards rushing and 60 yards receiving. Todman led the Steelers with 65 rushing yards on 11 carries.

"There was definitely a rhythm," Toussaint said. "We had both guys making big plays. There is a confidence between the both of us."

Toussaint made one of the biggest plays of the game when he caught a short pass from Roethlisberger and converted a third-and-2 early in the final drive.

--Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said his shoulder is "sore" and is considered "day-to-day" after getting injured on the final play of the third quarter against the Bengals.

--Wide receiver Antonio Brown is in the concussion protocol after being struck in head by Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict late in the fourth quarter.

--Fullback Will Johnson has a grade 2 hamstring pull in his left leg. He received an injection Sunday and is hoping to play against the Broncos.

--Safety Robert Golden has a shoulder sprain, but he said he is going to play against the Broncos in the AFC divisional round game Sunday. Golden suffered the injury on special teams late in the fourth quarter.

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