Boswell signed a one-year, exclusive-rights contract with the Steelers early this offseason, a deal which will keep him with the team for the 2017 season. Boswell can become a restricted free agent after the 2017 season, provided he does not work out a long-term contract with the Steelers. ... While often left on the sideline due to Pittsburgh's high-powered offense and propensity for two-point conversion attempts, Boswell twice came through with necessary big performances. He hit six field goals in a Dec. 18 win over the Cincinnati Bengals and another half-dozen in the Steelers' divisional-round win over the Kansas City Chiefs. As Bleacher Report noted, perhaps the only concerning aspect of Boswell's performances came on post-season extra points -- he missed two of his five attempts, including one in the Steelers' AFC Championship loss to the New England Patriots. Boswell was also 0 of 2 on kicks 50 yards or longer last season. Beyond his long-distance struggles, Pittsburgh's efficient scoring offense and Mike Tomlin's willingness to go for two are what really leave Boswell out of the conversation when discussing fantasy PK1 options.
Chris Boswell 2016 Outlook
All last season, players were asked to embrace HC Mike Tomlin's mantra of next man up, as injuries mounted. And one position nobody expected to require that mindset be called up so strong was at kicker. Boswell was the Steelers fourth kicker of the year, following Shaun Suisham and Garrett Hartley who were both injured, and then Josh Scobee who was released because of his ineffectiveness. When Boswell signed with the Steelers last October, he had yet to kick in an NFL game. But he had a huge advantage in a mentor who was there for him every day, Suisham. But with Suisham's release in June, the Steelers made it clear they're fine rolling with Boswell, a considerably younger and healthier kicker -- one who hit 90.6 percent of his field goals (29 of 32) including 2 of two from 50-plus yards. Remember: The Steelers' offense makes their kicker of fantasy interest.